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Recovering from homeschool burnout

Burnout is a problem that many homeschool parents face. You might be irritable or feel overwhelmed or hopeless, or you might burst into tears over minor homeschool setbacks. The idea of homeschooling your children might be exhausting, and you might even be thinking about quitting. These feelings, according to experts and seasoned homeschool parents, are perfectly normal.

Isabel Shaw, who has homeschooled for 15 years, recommends “lower[ing] your expectations” when “non-negotiable situations” come up in her article for Family Education. You cannot do everything, and sometimes your children can have valuable learning experiences in these unexpected situations.

Other experienced homeschoolers recommend changing how you teach. J. Michael Smith, president of the HSLDA, recommends taking a more informal educational approach, rather than trying to make what you’re doing at home “look like a school.” Karen M. Gibson, who writes for LeapingfromtheBox.com, recommends “reducing academic expectations” by focusing on what’s important and not worrying as much about finishing textbooks and fitting in every piece of material.

You can also avoid burnout by taking care of yourself. Do activities that you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.