Homeschool burnout comes in all sorts of forms.Â Sometimes it looks like a new homeschooling mom overwhelmed by the thought of being responsible for educating her children.Â Sometimes it looks like a seasoned homeschool mom who has grown weary of the day to day pressures.
Very rarely does a homeschool mom manage to escape burnout throughout her entire homeschooling career.Â But all too often the true reason behind homeschooling burnout is not addressed.Â We talk about options for lightening mom’s load or we point her toward support groups or we offer her nothing but a pat on the back and an, “I understand.”
While all these things are noble and good, they don’t get to the heart of the matter…
Homeschool burnout happens when
homeschooling priorities end up backward.
We can’t survive homeschooling for 12, 15, 20+ years putting our focus solely on academics.Â We’ll never make it if we educate in fear of man made standards.Â We won’t last if we try to mimic the public school system.Â We will burnout.
How do we stop the burnout?Â The answer is simple but easy to lose sight of.
In order to avoid homeschool burnout, we must keep Christ as our focus.
We must prioritize with
and knowledge third;
each building on the previous, each built on Christ.
Practically, this is going to look different for every family, but it’s important to take time to bathe your homeschool in prayer and ask the Lord to guide your footsteps…every day.Â Fix your heart and your children’s hearts on Him, direct and discipline with a focus on Biblical principles, and educate from a Christian worldview.Â
So, when you begin to feel yourself “burning out,” take a moment to analyze where your priorities are.Â You might just find that you have them backward.