For the past 21 years, I have been speaking at homeschool conferences and support groups. Being at those conferences gave me the opportunity to meet and speak with hundreds of homeschooling moms over the years. I heard about many struggles, and many joys; many questions, many fears. Also, I saw many homeschooling moms cry. After 31 years of homeschooling, I can relate to those tears!
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE homeschooling! But it hasn’t always been easy. Some days were sunshine and smiles; other days included frustration and tears.
Remembering the many times I’ve seen a homeschooling mom cry as I gave a workshop, or talked with her, I have found that there are some common reasons that they cry.
4 REASONS HOMESCHOOL MOMS CRY
Sometimes the exhaustion of keeping up with the baby, toddlers, homeschooling, and housework just gets to us! We become overwhelmed, and fatigued, often resulting in a meltdown. I know because I have been there!
Nights of being up with a sick fussy baby, followed by a day of needy toddlers make for a rough day. Sometimes we just need to take a break!
When you are too tired to handle your normal daily routines, only do what is necessary that day!
Give the kids lots of reading times, do some fun things with them that don’t require much energy or thought, and NAP! Even if your kids don’t still nap, have them take a quiet time in the afternoon. Train them to stay in their rooms and play quietly, rest, read books, or listen to CDs.
There will be many times when you will be so glad for that training, as that time to rest is the only thing that gets you through the day.
Remember too, that you are in charge of your school schedule.
If you are in the midst of fatigue-filled days due to a new baby, or other circumstances, consider doing only the basics academically.
Also, consider a four-day school week. That extra day to rest and catch up on things can make a huge difference in how you feel.
Above all, listen to your body!
If you don’t get the rest you need, it is going to catch up with you, and you are going to burn out. If you think you are burned out, you may enjoy this previous post: Burnout: The Bleak Side of Homeschooling.
When you are fatigued, do what ever is needed to get the rest that your body needs!