The other day I saw a meme on Facebook that said “we have reached that magic moment when planning for the next homeschool year is loads more fun than finishing the current one.” 😆 It made me laugh because it’s true! Homeschool burn out is real. Browsing curriculum is the antidote. (just kidding)
Spring is when homeschool mamas start to get worn down and feel restless. They start to plan and shop for curriculum. They also often start to feel fatigue, burn out, and weariness set in. But it happens other times of the year, too.
If you’re feeling homeschool burn out or blahs creeping in right now, here are some things to prayerfully consider:
1) Lighten the load – just knowing it’s a thing helps you recognize it and adjust. If you’re really feeling it, lightening the load may help. Build margin into your days by switching to a 4-day week for a while, focusing only on the 3 most important subjects, or taking a full break for a week. Use that time to focus on rest, time with the Lord, and relaxed family time. Your homeschool will be better for it.
2) Change things up – Sometimes our kids aren’t the only ones who start to lack motivation when things are feeling… stale. For me, there are some easy fixes for this:
- Tweak the routine: try a different time of day for lessons, take it outside, or invite another family to join you once a week.
- Add an experience: start nature walks, go on a field trip, or take up a new hobby together.
- Add something FUN: bring in a fun new resource, add beauty with art or music, or start a Fun Friday tradition with board games, documentaries, and outside play.
3) Go ahead and plan… or not – Some time back, I realized something about myself: I need to look forward to something or I start to feel restless and moody. Again, just realizing that helped a lot. Now, when that restlessness looms, I turn that energy into planning! Go ahead and plan for the next year’s homeschool. Or plan a vacation or other fun event. Looking ahead and putting things on the calendar energizes me.
4) Remember that we’re all different – Find what kind of energizing and refreshment works for YOU and pursue that, not only for your sake but in order to better homeschool and serve your family in the long run. That may mean spending more time in prayer and God’s Word, finding rest, getting lost in a book, or connecting with friends.
5) Pray and listen – Somehow, the most important thing we can do when we’re stuck in the homeschool blahs is always the hardest. Spend time in prayer for your homeschool, seeking the Lord’s encouragement and wisdom. He knows you, your family, and your homeschool even more intimately than you do. Listen to what He would have you do during this time and follow His lead!
Above all, show yourself and your kiddos grace!
Here are some posts that you may enjoy if you’re dealing with homeschool burn out:
- Weary Mom: 7 Things You Need to Know
- 5 Ways to Ruin Your Homeschool (and how to avoid them)
- Using Rhythms & Routines for Homeschool Planning
- 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Quiet Time with God
- 15 Self-Care Tips for Homeschool Moms