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Banish Homeschool Burnout

One of the benefits to being a teacher in a traditional school is that you get to go home at the end of the day. You don’t have that option, and that means you can get a serious case of burnout. Your kids are also susceptible to burnout when learning at home, but you can always give them a break to recover. You, again, don’t have that option. Homeschooling is a major undertaking. On top of that, you are probably responsible for cleaning and cooking as well. This is more than a full-time job. It’s more like two full-time jobs. When you feel the burnout, it is easy to begin to question yourself and your homeschooling goals. Maybe you begin to feel like homeschooling was the wrong choice. Now is the time to stay strong. You can banish the burnout with a few tweaks and changes to the way you do something. And, of course, don’t neglect to take at least a little time just for yourself. It may seem impossible to carve out the time, but it will be well worth it to do so.

How do you know you are beset by burnout?

It may seem obvious, but the signs of burnout are not so easy to see in yourself. Maybe your spouse will tell you that you seem a little stressed, but it’s still important for you to look for the indicators. Some of these signs are perfectly normal and understandable in moderation. If you notice them increase or become more severe, however, you are probably burning out.

So what can you do about it?

Burning out on homeschooling does not mean that you made the wrong choice or that you need to ship the kids off to public school. You just need to make a few changes. Here are some ideas to get you started and to get you back to sanity.

Whatever you do, do not beat yourself up over getting burned out. Assess the situation, think of solutions, implement them and then carry on. Don’t give up and next time, stop burnout before it hits you full force.

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