11 Secrets to STRESS FREE Homeschooling

What are the secrets to stress-free homeschooling? If you were asked to describe your homeschool, would you use the words peaceful and joyful? I’m sure that’s what we all hope for in our homeschools, but often the word stressful is a better description! Do you know that stress-free homeschooling is possible and you can start today?

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Starting the Homeschool Year Stress-Free

After homeschooling our 8 kids for 31 years, I will be the first to admit that there were many times when things were stressful for me, and the kids could feel it in our homeschooling. I learned that I had to be careful and intentional in my planning. It was all too easy to lose the joy and peace in our homeschool, and live in a chronic state of stress. 

If you are feeling stressed about homeschooling,  let me encourage you that it doesn’t have to stay that way! There are some tips to stress-free homeschooling that really can help yours to be (relatively) stress-free.

11 secrets to stress-free homeschooling

Here are 11 secrets to stress-free homeschooling:

 1. Make time for God’s Word.

Often when we are overwhelmed, busy, and stressed. the first thing we let go of is our time with God. It’s SO easy to let it get crowded out! When we start skipping that time with God, it makes things even MORE stressful. We begin doing things in our own strength and wisdom, rather than seeking HIS strength and wisdom.

Everything that we do in our homeschool needs to rest on the foundation of our relationship with the Lord. We need to hear from Him and His Word daily in order to be the moms He wants us to be.

If you struggle to find time for God,  there are some tips in Secrets To Finding Time For God As A Homeschooling Mom.

2. Prioritize your days.

Make a list of your priorities, and make sure that your daily activities reflect those priorities. If your day gets crazy and you don’t accomplish everything you hoped to, at least you will have accomplished the most important things.

How can I make homeschooling easier? Start your day by building your kid’s faith (Bible reading, and memory), working on character training, and then start on academics. God will bless your day when you give Him the first part of it and follow His priorities.

Some days you may just need to focus on character and skip the academics. When you address the heart issues and character problems first, you will then begin to accomplish much more with academics.

3. Keep relationships first.

One of the secrets to stress-free homeschooling is that relationships should always trump academics. Don’t let academic struggles stress the relationship between you and your child!

When a child is struggling with a subject, try not to get all worked up about it. Eventually, they will get it. In the meantime, you need to encourage and love the child. Don’t let frustration creep in, because your child will sense that and it will hurt the relationship.

4. Teach your children to work more independently. 

By the time your kids are in 2nd or 3rd grade they should gradually learn to do some of their work on their own. You shouldn’t have to spoon-feed them at that age. Gradually increase the amount of work they do independently over time. It teaches them to be responsible for their work while relieving some stress for you!

Initially, this will take some time and work on your part as you train them in character, initiative, and responsibility, but it is well worth the time you invest!

5. Limit outside activities.

In our zeal to make sure our kids don’t miss out on anything and have lots of opportunities, we can get TOO busy with activities. When every moment of every day is full, it stresses us and our kids. Remember, you can’t do it all, so choose wisely. Prayerfully choose one or two outside activities that you feel are best for your family and don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of constant activities. Kids need time to just play and explore, and also need to learn to appreciate being home with their family.

6. Leave margins in your daily routine.

This is something that I didn’t always do. I tended to schedule things on a tight time frame, and then if one of the kids needed extra help or even just wanted to talk for a minute, I would be short and impatient with them because there was “no time” for that.

I had to learn to slow down and allow extra time for everything. Remember that kids usually aren’t in a hurry like us, and just tend to live in the moment rather than rushing around. We don’t want to pass our stress on to them by always hurrying them.

Things usually take longer than you expect, and there are always interruptions. Allowing that extra time for the unexpected reduces the stress of having to always hurry to stay on schedule. If you don’t leave any margin, you WILL feel stressed and take it out on the kids in the form of impatience.

7. Get enough rest

When you are fatigued and haven’t been getting the rest you need, things always seem worse than they are. Things that once seemed possible, suddenly seem overwhelming.

Homeschooling requires a lot of time and energy, so it’s vital as moms that we get the rest we need. If this means only doing the basics on some days so you can take a nap, that’s okay. It’s better to be rested and calm as you teach,  rather than fatigued and stressed. You will enjoy your home school more, and so will your kids.

8. Identify the sources of your stress and deal with it.

    Here are some of the most common causes of frustration and stress:

  • Lack of parental control/out-of-control kids
  • Lack of character in kids
  • Arguing/ sibling squabbles
  • Unrealistic expectations of yourself or your child
  • No sense of accomplishment (realize the importance of what you are doing – it’s of eternal value!

9. Schedule your homeschool.

It can be tempting to keep a loose schedule of tasks for your daily homeschool routine. But the more you can plan ahead the more prepared you’ll be for unexpected interruptions that arise.

When you know what you need to accomplish to stay on track with your goals, if your day gets cut short for any reason, you’ll know exactly where you left off, and what you need to make up for it the next day. Having these things planned will alleviate a lot of stress by eliminating the scramble that comes when things go off track. 

10. Learn to adapt.

Just as mentioned above, things don’t always go as expected. And when plans change, or a child takes longer in one area than you hope, it can throw off how you imagined the day going. 

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if things change, they are ruined. They are simply different!

Be ready to spend a little extra time on one thing because your child enjoys that one so much more and is thriving in that area. 

Resist the tendency to get stressed when plans change. Learning to adapt, pivot and embrace the unexpected will help keep your homeschool stress-free!

11. Use positive reinforcement.

It can be easy to focus on what is going wrong in your homeschool, but how much more rewarding is it to focus on the positive?

When you celebrate milestones and reward your children when they excel at something, you are creating an environment in your homeschool that is built on positive reinforcement. 

A key to keeping stress out of your homeschool is focusing on the positive and not giving too much energy to the negative. 

Don’t believe the myth that homeschooling HAS to be stressful. With these 11 secrets to stress-free homeschooling, you truly can have a stress-free homeschool.


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Don’t believe the myth that homeschooling HAS to be stressful. With these 11 secrets to stress-free homeschooling, you truly can have a stress-free homeschool.



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  9. Jill, good for you for 16 years so far! I think it’s a personality thing for some of us to be more prone to stressing out, and finding it hard to relax. Glad you are learning, and improving each year. Just think where you will be when you youngest is in high school! 🙂 You will be so relaxed you wont’ remember your “stressed” days.

  10. This is a fantastic list, Kathie. Even though I am finishing up my 16th year of homeschooling, I still see so many ways I stress myself and everyone else out. I keep pressing on, and trying to learn to relax. Every year gets a bit better. I still have many years to go (my youngest will turn 8 this summer), so I hope that the entire time won’t be characterized by my stress and frustration.

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