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The next school year is going to be our fifth year in homeschooling two of my elder sons. At the same time, my youngest son is also going to join the homeschooling journey with us. I am very grateful for all of the chance that God has given me to educate my children.
At the same time, I find some of homeschooling parents who feel that homeschooling is not the right decision for them to do for some reasons. Some of them also feel that homeschooling is not a right time as it was when they decided at the first time. We use to call the condition as being burnt out. Burning out sounds very sad, but it is not always the same for everyone.
Although homeschooling is basically a great choice for children education, some families often feel desperate to continue it. Here are some things to do before the homeschooling being burnt out. By doing this points, I hope that the spirit to continue the decision of homeschooling children will grow and bloom again.
When Burning Out Is Going to Happen
Pray will be the first thing that you need to do. I know God will not shout to you about agreement or disagreement of homeschooling, but God can give some clue and ways for you to do to make the best decision whether you want to continue or to stop homeschooling your children. I can say that since I have already experienced the answer of God. I believe that God provide the perfect way on the right time and place for me to homeschool m children.
Back to The Vision and Mission
Vision and mission is like the main law of homeschooling. Try to think deeper about why you decided to homeschool your children and what kind of homeschooling that you desired at the first time before you start. Think back about some challenges that make you fail. Find some possible ways to resolve the problems.
Have Some Break for Tuning up
All works will have some stagnant or monotonous time that make people feel bored. When it happens, they won't feel any enthusiasm as it was when they started it. It also happens with homeschooling. There should be a time when you feel anything good from what you have done. I think it should be the time to break and to tune up yourself. When mom is not happy, none will be.
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Talk with Other Homeschooling Buddies
Sharing your problem with other homeschooling parents, either newbies or experts, would be a great way to find a way to solve your homeschooling barriers. There are more and more homeschooling parents in numbers. You might get any homeschooling buddies who have experienced the same challenges as yours. They might help you to solve the problem. Even when they don't have the same problems with yours, they can be good listeners.
There are also some homeschooling consultants that would be happy to help you. You might need to pay some fees for them to use their busy time helping you, but you will be released for getting the burden out and may be solved. If you join Bloom: A Journey to Joy (and Sanity) for Homeschool Moms Online Video Course, Alicia Michelle will be happy to help you and give you some feed back after each lesson you finish.
Will Burning Out be The Best Way?
Many homeschooling parents decide to quit without thinking if the alternative is the best way to solve the problem. Therefore, I would like to suggest that you need to consider if your decision to quit is the best way for your children and for your family.
If you send your children to school since you meet some hard challenges, think about what school gives to your children. I am not a militant homeschooler, but think about whether your decision to burnt out has worst side effects.
How To Prevent Burning Out
Join Some Communities or Support Groups
Doing something alone might give you a lot of pressure in the future that you have to bear by yourself. It would be different when you have someone else who has similar necessities and background work certain things together with you. The hard pressure would be much lighter. It is also the same with homeschooling. Building a network of homeschoolers will make you much stronger. You might find some communities or support group either by online and offline searching.
- You can encourage each other.
- You can have regular activities with other homeschoolers.
- You will also get more up to date information about homeschooling faster.
Maintain Regular Communication
Regular communication with your children and husband or parents is very important as well. Don't wait until your burden too hard and finally exploded. Share your problem and success with others will certainly make it easier.
When you have some things uncomfortable in your mind about either homeschooling, home making, or family matters, it is better to share as soon as possible since it will influence how you teach or how you accompany your children.
Educate Yourself as A Homeschooling Parent
Keeping reading and searching for information are other ways to prevent being burnt out. I read and re-read some homeschooling books over and over again to make sure I get the message. Every time I repeat reading the books, I find new messages are sent out.
Joining some homeschooling conferences either online or offline is also another way to educate yourself as a homeschooling parent.
There are also some homeschooling courses for moms to stand firm in facing problems in homeschooling. Just search for the information in local or international homeschooling groups.
Regular Reflection and Evaluation
Homeschooling moms are always very busy all of the time. However, try hard to have a few regular time for you to reflect and to evaluate what work and what don't work in your homeschooling. Try to learn from the experience to find out some ways to solve the problem and to keep the good things from what you have done.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.