So, How Do I Beat Homeschool Burnout?
- Life changes
- Unrealistic expectations
- Trying too hard
- Losing your “why”
- Unmotivated kids and negative feedback
- Forcing a wrong curriculum
- Lack of routine
Beat Homeschool Burnout Caused by Life Changes
Beat Burnout Caused by Comparisons
- First, examine your homeschooling goals. If you are reaching them, then you are succeeding! If not, adjust what you are doing to help reach those goals in the future. Don’t do what your friend is doing if it doesn’t align with your goals.
- Next, think about the areas where you do have success. When you “count your blessings” so to speak, you won’t feel like you are behind. Maybe you taught a reluctant reader to love books this year, or maybe you caught your kids up to grade level. Maybe your kids did well at a science fair or co-op class. Maybe you managed to have school five days in a row for several months or were able to add something new to your curriculum. Whatever your successes (no matter how small they feel to you), you should celebrate them!
- Finally, remember what your best strength is. For example, I know I am not the best hands-on style of teacher (half the reason I started Schooling a Monkey was to motivate myself to try more fun projects), but I am great at teaching writing, reading, and English! Your thing might be being able to tame toddlers or babies, or teaching science, or finding time to read to your children every day. Maybe you have a high-schooler that you were able to help get admitted into college. Maybe you homeschool and work at the same time. Everyone has something they do that is amazing.
Beat Burnout Caused by Unrealistic Expectations
- They expect it to run like one of those super-intense private schools that have a 5-year waitlist for preschool, or:
- They expect they will be cuddled up on the couch all day long like one of those impressionist paintings from the 1800s.
Beat Burnout Caused by Trying too Hard
Beat Burnout Caused by Losing Your Why
Beat Homeschool Burnout Caused by Unmotivated Kids or Negative Feedback
homeschooling, and your friends look at you strangely when you say you homeschool; it’s easy to feel burned out. You may even start to question why you started homeschooling in the first place.
- You can try making learning a bit more fun, and work to improve their attitude, or
- You can push through.
Beat Burnout Caused by Using the Wrong Curriculum