Back to the homeschooling questions!
Here’s one I hear A LOT! Mostly I hear it phrased this way:
I think the people who say such things to me think I have some sort of innate super-human patience they do not possess; therefore, *I* can homeschool, while they most definitely cannot.
OK, let’s dispel that myth once and for all.
Remember, I’m the lady who couldn’t wait to send her child off on the big yellow school bus? I was the lady who begged to have her tubes tied during her 3rd pregnancy. Patience was not my forte. In fact, I’m not sure it is even now.
Super-human…Nope. Supernatural is more like it.
I don’t grow tired of my kids because the Lord renews me over and over and over again.
There is such a thing as homeschool burnout, but there are some things you can set in place to help keep you from hitting the wall:
1. Surround yourself with encouraging homeschool moms. I’m not necessarily talking about ladies who never have troubles of their own or who spend their lives with a goofy smile on their faces. I’m talking about real women who offer real answers with real encouragement.
Perhaps they are online (there are a million forums out there…pick one!) Even better if they are just a phone call away.
Join a homeschool support group just for moms. Not one where you commiserate over all the bad things, but one where you come home uplifted and edified. This isn’t selfish. It’s a great way to keep from becoming selfish.
2. Remember why you homeschool. Post the goals. Post the Scripture. When you are feeling like you’ve had enough, go back to the roots.
3. Read encouraging books, magazines, and blogs or watch encouraging videos. I know you think you don’t have time, but sometimes all you need is a quick pep talk. Some of my favorites are:
When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Educating the Wholehearted Child by Sally Clarkson
(Don’t want to step on any toes here. I read so many homeschooling blogs it would take an entire post to list them all! These are just a few of the many!)
Discover the Child
A House on Fire
A High & Noble Calling
Regan Family Farm
Peace Creek Prairie
4. Change things up. When the children are at each other and you are at them, do something different. Take a field trip. Give yourself the day off. Meet friends at the park and let the kids run. Homeschooling does not (and should not) look like traditional public school. You are not bound to the kitchen table with scope and sequence ropes that won’t let you do anything out of the norm. If the kids are driving you crazy, chances are you’re driving them crazy too. Do something different!
5. You’re not perfect…and it’s okay. There will be days when you are supermom. There will be days when you wish you could just crawl in a hole. If most days you are somewhere in between the two, you’re doing good. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Let God be in charge.
6. Kids are kids. Don’t expect perfection from them either. Love ‘em where they live, train ‘em in the way they should go, always remember they are a blessing.