The quick two-step game plan to prevent and recover from homeschool burnout
Dear Home Engineer,
Have you found yourself ready to throw the towel with homeschooling?
Are you in need of recovering from homeschool burnout?
Are the kids complaining about every assignment you toss their way and you just about had it with another ‘Best curriculum suggestion’ that was shared by someone with good intentions but didn’t read your mood at the moment?
You are not alone in feeling this way. There is great news to share!
You can start as soon as this week in recovering from homeschool burnout.
Continue reading to learn about the quick two step game plan to recover from homeschool burnout.
Moral of a Fable
Let me start with sharing some profound truths from the classic Aesop fable The Tortoise and the Hare.
You are probably wondering, what does a classic fable have to do with homeschool burnout? The moral behind this fable will remind us of how to rethink our situation and will help prevent and remove burnout altogether.
For starters let’s heed some advice from the actions of the tortoise in the fable; Start today in accepting the idea that slow and steady is the most effective way to get your child where they need to go in their education and lifelong goals.
In the same way, the tortoise took its time, persevering in the race and at the end came out a winner. We can approach Homeschooling our first-year the same.
Being preventive and ok with the idea that slow and steady will win this homeschool race will help prevent burnout aswell as recover from it when we have fallen into the trap of needing to do everything today. The moment you forget this valuable truth, you will fall back into the homeschool burnout mantra.
So relax with your favorite drink and enjoy this post. Even consider letting your kids take a day off from school, so you can refocus yourself and evaluate your homeschooling environment by doing this two-step game plan.
Are you ready? Now lets go over the 2- Step game plan in detail.
How to make homeschool easier by avoiding this common mistake?
In our modern culture busyness appears as a sign of strength. But behind the curtain, it’s really a person crying for help.
Healthline did an article about this idea of busyness titled “The Disease of Being Busy.“ The author details how busyness appeared to showcase a successful life in her younger years. Then one-day burnout overcame her and she was in the therapist’s office crying for help.
In your homeschool, being busy can appear productive and strong on the outside. But on the inside, you are creating a snowball effect of burnout and exhaustion, and before you know it you are suffocating under the avalanche of a life you have created for yourself.
Spend some time weeding out the extra stuff that is taking you away from focusing on your homeschooling routines. Especially as a first-year homeschooling parent.
Once you have a system it will be easier to take on other tasks that align with your homeschooling vision.
Here’s what you will do to make this a reality in your home.
Write out 5 ways you can start today in taking it slow and steady in your first year homeschooling. I have created a free worksheet to help you with this process.
The free gift is available in my Resource Gems page.
Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you consider either changing, putting on hold, or completely doing without certain tasks during the first year.
Please keep in mind, it’s ok if you do not have an answer right now to all of these questions.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you weed-out busyness. This is one way to free up time and focus on strengthening systems during the first year of homeschooling.
Questions to ask about homeschooling
- Have you considered reading or listening to a homeschool book to personally help you in your first year of homeschooling?
- Is the curriculum you recently purchased cumbersome or user friendly? Have you tried it with your kids?
- Are your kids experiencing joy when the curriculum is taught? Are you?
- Have you ever considered only doing the Core Curriculum first (reading/Writing/Math) while you figure out your new homeschooling rhythm?
- How many field trips or other events have you planned on the weekdays this month? Can you limit them from 0-2 events to make time to settle in your new homeschooling routine?
- Have you considered using the library or under a shaded tree to do homeschooling?
- Do you have more than 3 kids involved in more than one sport? Have you considered just for the first year, having all the kids do one collective sport or extra-curricular activity? Some examples are self-defense classes or another life skill activity they can all benefit from while you adjust to homeschooling.
- Do you have a friend or a group that supports homeschooling that you can reach out to when you have questions?
- Have you started or thought about starting a big home project? Is it possible to wait until after the first year of homeschooling to start those projects?
- Are you traveling in the first year of homeschooling? Is it possible to put it on hold until you have some homeschool systems in place?
- Do you have a homeschooling System/routine in place? Are you traveling on a weekday? Could you carry out that system to wherever you are traveling to?
- Do you have a family member that is experienced in a particular subject or life skill? Can they offer their time in showing your kids how to do that skill?
- Do you have a plan in place for meal prepping? That way the weekdays can be more freed up to tackle unexpected outcomes of homeschooling.
- Have you considered how the budget will change for your family if you homeschool? Have you communicated this change to your kids?
Remember that the first year goes by fast. Focus on spending time solidifying your systems and learn how to best help your children in their education.
After the first year, the opportunities will present themselves again, whether it’s joining homeschool group activities and other curriculum events.
By this time, after browsing through the questions, you should have some idea of the essentials in your homeschool, and what needs to be weeded out.
Identify the academic weaknesses of a child
The second part of the game plan is to evaluate your child’s weak points. You will be doing this by focusing on their weak areas in the foundational curriculum.
As a reminder, the foundational core is referring to reading, writing, math.
The core curriculum is the basis for all other subjects that follow. You will be doing your child good to address these hiccups earlier rather than later on.
When evaluating your child’s weak points be careful to not bash on yourself as a parent.
The fact you are taking care of it now is what matters. It’s when you look away and pretend the problem is not there that you are hurting your child’s academic success.
This is the time to observe where your child is struggling in the foundational subjects. Afterward, you will have a more focused approach to help them fix and correct these weak points.
Please do not skip this step.
To clarify, this step can be done at any point in a child’s education. Whether it’s in Kinder, middle school, or high school.
In the 2 step- game plan packet you will find a worksheet that will walk you through this step.
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Key takeaways of your game plan to prevent homeschooling burnout
As we learned from the Tortoise slow and steady wins the race. Thinking like this is wise and will help you as a new homeschooling parent.
You will see people around you acting busy and appear to have it all together. Remember the analogy of the snowball and avalanche. If we are not careful our busyness will lead to our slow destruction.
Furthermore, when you remove the unnecessary busyness you will be more content venturing out on this journey of homeschooling. You will feel more joy and your child will enjoy you as well.
By analyzing your children’s weak points in the core curriculum you will prepare a firm foundation that will help them when harder curriculum comes their way in the future.
I am excited for you and your family and all that you are going to learn about your kids through this 2-step game plan. Get your free gift today through accessing the resource gem page.
Veronica (Your Home Engineer Friend)