Schooling at home…BURNOUT

After visiting Kindred Spirit Mommy Blog yesterday and reading her post on Realistic Blogging Commitments for Mom Bloggers, I got to thinking about burnout not only for bloggers, but for parents who school their child(ren) at home and for those who blog ‘and’ school their children at home.

Kindred Spirit Mommy offers some great ideas about burnout and an attitude change about blogging. I’d like to offer some ideas to banish burnout while schooling your children at home, especially in the downhill race to summer break:

Deviate from that schedule!

We don’t have to keep up with the Jones’s even if they are finishing school earlier than you. The race to finish first isn’t what matters most.  Schooling at home is a huge responsibility and devotion of time on the part of the parent and requires many daily demands that WILL lead to your child’s academic achievement.

Use your family members–my oldest not only helps teach (ok, who am I kidding here? He doesn’t just help, he does the teaching) science to my youngest and he enjoys teaching and she adores her teacher.

Respect the ‘Bad Days’, we all have them!

Don’t dismiss those life lessons learned. So your little one is working on fractions and you’re baking that batch of yummy brownies…talk about what you would need to double that recipe, only make tablespoons available and convert, and when slicing, divide evenly to serve the number for members in your family.

Don’t forget to take time for yourself.

Fun websites to enhance learning always puts a smile on their face while making learning fun.

Don’t forget to breath!

Don’t forget all the reasons why you brought them home and enjoy those children!

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  1. I'm so glad my post inspired you! I was homeschooled, so I know what you're talking about. 🙂

  2. Thanks for writing this post. You know it has never come to my mind to ask my wife if she is burnt out even just a little from homeschooling. I have been so wrapped up thinking that she is doing such a great job, I never thought of asking her if she needs help with anything.

    I know what I am doing tonight.

  3. Even is she says no, it's going to be a great night at your home. 🙂

  4. very good points, all of them. Homeschoolers are prone to burnout, and it seems like late winter is a prime time for that..or the ending of school, like you mention.

  5. Thanks for posting this…I was homeschooled myself and now I homeschool my kids! It get tough at times and yes I'm totally counting down til summer!!!

  6. Totally agree, Jenny, homeschoolers are prone to burnout. Only 8 weeks or so until summer…YEAH!

  7. Hi Laura, being homeschooled yourself must give you a unique perspective on schooling your own children at home. Happy countdown til summer! 🙂

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