It can happen when least expected, to the best of students and teachers, homeschooling burnout. No one is immune from this malady and this is especially true of busy parents. There are symptoms and causes you can recognize but the most important thing is how to deal with home schooling burnout once it brings you to a halt.
*Don’t Demand Perfection
Regardless of how much time and planning goes into a lesson plan for the day, there will always be something that won’t work out exactly as planned. Learn from mistakes and let them go. Always have a backup plan ready for those unexpected days when the lessons don’t come on time in the mail or the computer is down. If things always go right then there is nothing to measure the good days by.
*Learn To Be More Flexible
Make sure the class time schedule is flexible enough to change as things in life change. If class usually is first thing in the morning and this is causing a problem, change it to afternoon or evening. If classes follow one another until all the work is done, try breaking it up with a few one hour breaks, which will help both teacher and students. Take a break from the usual classroom setting and teach in the backyard or in a park for a day or two.
*Call On The Support Group For Help
When things get really out of hand and there’s no way to get it all done, call on a member of the support group to cover class time for a day or so. That’s what a support group is for and why they are so necessary. Sometimes just a few free hours will allow the overloaded teacher to find her footing and get back on track.
*Take An Unplanned Trip
Let the cobwebs grow and load your family up for a weekend getaway. Go camping, go visit family, visit a museum or just check into a motel and lay by the pool. The kids can do some reading which won’t require your time or attention and you can just rest and rejuvenate. The cobwebs will still be there but in a hundred years, who will remember?
*Close School For A Day
Everyone can have a bad week when someone is sick, the laundry piles up, the dishwasher breaks down, the power goes off during a storm, the car breaks down, unexpected company arrives on your doorstep or someone’s routine changes. Instead of trying to keep the order of the day, just close school and attend to whatever is upsetting your schedule. The classes can easily be made up with one extra hour a day or over the weekend.
*Try Five Weeks On-One Week Off
Everyone needs a little break now and then and home schooling parents and students are no exception. The weekends don’t usually count as they are filled with family activities, church, visiting grandma and grandpa and catching up what didn’t get done during the week. Taking one week off and teaching the next five weeks gives everyone something to look forward to even if you can’t manage a get away from home. Do something fun like a
picnic in the park or go hiking or better yet, sleep late every morning and get rested up.
Super Mom or not, all busy moms need some Me-Time. Just a few hours can work a miraculous change in your energy level, your outlook and your demeanor. Take a long hot bath with a wonderfully scented oil. Go to the beauty shop and get a pedicure. Shop for a new hat even if you don’t wear hats. Treat yourself to a nice lunch with a friend and no kids.
Try to spot homeschooling burnout before it takes the wind from your sails. Crying bouts, unwarranted fatigue little or no patience, over reacting with the children and a shortness of temper are a few warning signs. Don’t feel guilty; just try one of these ideas for how to deal with homeschooling burnout before it burns you out.