Anyone who has gone on the journey of homeschooling has hit a wall at some point. For some, more than others. Unlike other jobs, when you hit a wall you can’t just let someone else take over, you have to find a way to work through it for your kids. What is a Mom to do when she hits that wall? There are many things that a Mom wants to do when she feels burned out. Most of them include relaxing and taking time for her. Unfortunately, that won’t work. School can’t just stop all together because you are burned out. The kids still need to learn.
Here are a few ways that have worked for me when I have felt burned out. I hope they will help you too.
Let the Kids help Plan the School Day
Kids love taking control when they can. When you are burned out, this is a great time to let them take some control, and decision making off your shoulders. Ok, so don’t freak out here. I give my kids some limits. For example I tell them that they have to include some math, history and reading in their daily plan. Other than that, they can go to town with their creativity. My littlest one came up with writing a letter to one of his favorite YouTuber’s (whom is about his age). He really got into it and was learning a lot along the way. So set a few limits and let your kids get creative. You might be surprised with what they can come up.
Keep it Simple
Take a look at your lesson plan and figure out what absolutely has to get done and only focus on those things for a week. You may be burned out but the kids will still be getting some schooling in and your checklist for the end of the year will still be getting smaller. Take the extra time you have to relax and recoup. When you come back the next week to school, you should be ready to dig in deep into school. The little break is sometimes all we need to jumpstart our passion for teaching again.
Use Audio books to Read to your Kids (enjoy some snuggles while you all listen)
Having Dyslexia myself, reading out loud to my kids has always been a struggle. Sure I can read fluently out loud no problem, but my eyes get strained trying not to jump around. One of the best things I did for myself, and my kiddos was to acknowledge my issue and work with it. So instead of pushing through reading out loud to them, I snuggle up on the couch with my kiddos while we all listen to an audiobook. My kids get in the listening that they need to grow and I get the break my eyes need to get through the rest of the teaching day.
You may not have Dyslexia, like myself, but have you tried taking a break from reading to just listen with your kids. Put your teacher hat away and pick up your Mom hat for a little while. By putting the book down and holding your kids, you just might get the little break you need to jump back into the rest of your day.
Take the Time to Plan out your Lessons
Ok, you may be thinking I am burned out so how is spending more time on teaching going to help me get past this wall. Am I right? Here is the thing, when I hit that wall, I sometimes find out it is because I have not properly planned out our days and subjects. Taking the time to sit down with a calendar, schedule and curriculum and plan out what we will be learning for the next week really gets me set for teaching. I feel prepared, excited, confident and relaxed. I don’t have the stress of what is coming next, do I have everything we need for the project, or just the minute to minute decision making that goes into not having a plan.
Plan a Field Trip
Take a day and go on a field trip. Sometimes just getting out of the house, and out of the normal day to day routine is enough to get me back on track, and over that wall. Is there something you are learning about right now that you could go out into the world and experience first hand around your area?
Plan for a Mini-Vacation
Your family may be homeschooling but that does not mean that you have to be on all the time. Have you taken a day off anytime recently? If not, take some time off. Get the kids excited about a day off. Count down till your mini-vacation and make the most of it. Can Daddy take the day off too? Enjoy some good old family time to get out of the day to day routine of school, even if it is just for one day. You just might come back to school the next day much more refreshed and ready to dig into to school.
School in a New Location
Last but not least is to take your school work somewhere else. Sometimes just getting a change of scenery is all it takes to lift your mood for your job. Is the weather nice out? Can you take your school work outside? What about packing up for a trip to the library and working there? Do you have a friend that homeschools as well? Can you get together with them and do school together for a day?
So no matter what your reason for being burned out is, know you are not alone and everyone reaches that wall at some point. Try a few of these ideas and smile knowing you will get through this.
If you have been there, done that, what are some ideas you use to get over feeling burned out? Share below and start some conversation.