It’s the time of year that the homeschool BLAHS usually begin! Are you feeling it? That lack of excitement about another day of teaching and training your kids, or maybe you just feel tired and irritable. Maybe you feel like you are in a homeschool slump, and don’t know how to get out it.
Do any of these describe you?
- Feeling unmotivated when it comes to school
- A lack of joy
- Dreading another school day
- Physical fatigue
- No vision for your homeschool,
- You want to quit.
If you’re feeling this way, it’s common to have the thought that you are the only one struggling, and all the other moms seem to be cheerful and on top of everything.
The truth is that we ALL have days when we struggle with the homeschool blahs. That mom who seems to have it all together has bad days just like you. The one who seems cheerful all the time has her times of discouragement, just like you. (She just hides it well!) The homeschool slump is something that all homeschooling moms have to deal with.
So what should you do when you are feeling this way? Knowing you’re not alone is encouraging, but it doesn’t solve the problem.
It is important that you know how to respond to those feelings when they come, and have a plan of how to overcome them so you won’t stay in the homeschool BLAHS state. Those who don’t have a plan of how to pull themselves out of the slump will often be the ones who throw in the towel and give up on homeschooling. Let me help you with a plan!
1. Go back to your reasons for homeschooling.
When homeschooling seems overwhelming and discouraging, and you start wondering what possessed you to do such a thing, remind yourself exactly why you are doing it. Go back to your homeschool mission statement and look at your original reasons.
Remembering the “why’s” and the “hows” that made you choose homeschool in the firstplace will help you keep your goals in perspective and help inspire you to keep moving forward, even when the days are feeling predictable.
2. Don’t compare yourself or your homeschool to others.
Comparison puts you on a fast track to a loss of joy, yet we so often fall into that trap. We look at what other moms are doing in their homeschooling, and begin to feel like we aren’t doing as good of a job as they are.
It’s so easy for any of us to fall into comparison when we see other Mom’s doing so well at homeschooling. But we also don’t see their struggles and their shortcomings. They all likely have their own doubts as well. So rather than compare, focus on what you ARE doing well, and don’t be afraid to ask those Moms you admire how they do what they do. Maybe you’ll learn something!
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Don’t be one of those who gives in to the homeschool BLAHS, and decides that homeschooling is no longer for you!