Taking full responsibility for your child’s education through homeschooling can be fun and exciting. There are many choices to be made. While this freedom has many benefits, parents can also find themselves suffering from homeschool burnout.
Some common reasons for burnout aren’t even directly related to homeschooling. These reasons can include a new baby or an illness. But, the changes in routines and added responsibilities of doing homeschool can also be factors that lead to homeschool burnout.
However, homeschool burnout doesn’t need to be a bad thing. It should instead be seen as a wake-up call that you need to make adjustments. Here are 3 tips on avoiding homeschool burnout.
Be Patient with Homeschool and Yourself
Just as you need patience as a parent, you need to be even more patient in your additional role as homeschool teacher. Don’t try to be perfect. Have realistic expectations for each day. It’s easy to plan too much. Don’t set the bar too high.
You’re going to have good days and bad days. Everyone does. Even the best laid plans can go away. So, don’t stress as long as you’re making some progress everyday.
Be Flexible With Your Schedule and Teaching Methods
A major advantage of homeschool is that if you find one teaching method doesn’t work, you can change it! In fact, this may be the greatest advantage over traditional school environments. So, if you’re burnt out by doing things a certain way, you can try a different method. Also, you may find doing homeschool activities at different times and breaking things up could help relieve tension and stress. Being flexible helps you recognize when you’re burning out so you can switch things up.
Don’t Go Overboard with Your Homeschool Plans
Because you are in full control of your homeschool schedule, it can be easy to pack too much into a day. This is especially true when you’re doing a lot of social activities. Even if your child seems to be able to handle it, you need to be able to as well. A burnt out parent isn’t any good, as your child will feed off your frustration, which can increase your chances of burnout.
Also, whenever possible, it’s a good idea to get homeschool support from your spouse, partner, friends, or neighbors. There are also homeschool groups that can help you with social events. Don’t try to do everything by yourself if you don’t have to and know your limits. Find that happy place where you feel that you can still teach your child effectively and still be an effective parent afterwards, too.