It’s that time of year – post-Christmas – pre-Lent – burnout. What do you do to deal with it? Leave your suggestions in the comment section.
I did a quick “google” search for Catholic homeschool blogs that had articles on burnout and am compiling a list of suggestions. I hope that you might find some inspiration and hope for dealing with this season.
Articles about Burnout
- Michele Quigley speaks about “Burning up, not out“
- Elizabeth Floss also writes about “C is for Children“
- Links to Homeschool Burnout Articles from About.com
Suggestions for Dealing with Burnout
- Make plans to attend a Catholic Homeschool Conference – be surrounded by like-minded families, receive encouragement and see all the wonderful resources available (even just planning to attend can give you a shot in the arm).
- Add a new resource to your homeschool program – you can plan to do a lapbook, or add a Trip around the World geography unit study
- Plan a fieldtrip with your family or with a few other homeschoolers
- Go to adoration and bring it to the Lord
- Remind yourself that this is just a “feeling” – it may be a strong “feeling” but we don’t have to act on everything we feel.
- Â and the corollary – “this too shall pass” – feelings are generally transient and as the weather improves and we near the goal of the end of our school years or as we approach a nice break, many times our attitudes will improve as will our children’s attitudes
- Plan a Mother’s Night Out with some like-minded moms
- Take up a new hobby – learn a new skill like pottery or beading or knitting
- Sew baby clothes for a local NICU
- Read an inspiring book either about homeschooling like: to see how other families approach homeschooling.