If you are new to homeschooling, or about to embark on this journey, you may wonder how in the world all this excitement might be traded for something called burnout. And the burnout I’m referring to is usually not really homeschool burnout; it’s more of a feeling of being generally overwhelmed.
Since homeschooling becomes a lifestyle, the burnout can stem from this major addition to your lifestyle.
So, what are the symptoms?
considering public school again (or for the first time)
dreading each morning
HOMESCHOOL BURNOUT HAPPENS WHEN OUR PRIORITIES ARE BACKWARDS.
Lack of Quiet Time:
Quiet time is essential, whether you stay up late after the kids are in bed, get up early to organize your day before they’re awake, or enforce a nap/quiet time each afternoon. Time alone in prayer, Bible reading, and just thinking are necessary to your sanity.
Lack of Order
Pray! “Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will give you the wisdom and the strength you need to actually DO it. I do not mean the three-word prayers shouted in desperation, but actually taking the time to seek God, ask for wisdom, give Him your burdens, pray blessings on your home. Then, listen to what He tells you.
Remember your goal. Why did you begin homeschooling? If you have not written down your goals, do it now. It will serve as your encouragement to keep going when you wonder why you ever started in the first place.
Get support. There’s no denying that other homeschooling friends make this journey easier. Find a support group or a church that is homeschool-friendly. Seek a “Titus 2” mentor for encouragement and wisdom. Discuss issues with your husband before they become problems.
My best advice: take a break! Sometimes one day off will refresh you. Or your situation might require a few weeks off. Start with a day off for relaxation and rest. Then decide whether you need more than one day.