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Homeschooling can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Many homeschooling families love the ability to tailor their child’s education to their unique talents, strengths, and learning style; the greater flexibility in scheduling; and the personalized bond built between parent and child. But homeschooling is not without its challenges.
As a homeschooling parent, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, struggling to find the energy to keep going when you’re responsible for planning the curriculum day in and day out. You might be constantly questioning whether you're doing enough, feeling like you're falling behind, or finding it hard to motivate your children to learn. Perhaps all the time together has caused conflict in your relationship with your child, and you’re facing growing resistance each time you try to sit down to tackle schoolwork. Maybe your learners are entering high school age, and the content is getting too difficult for you to handle on your own.
These are all signs of homeschool burnout, and if you're experiencing them, it's important to take action before it gets worse. Homeschool burnout is a common issue that many homeschool parents face, especially after years of homeschooling. But should you quit homeschooling, or just try something new to shake up the school year?
Faced with burnout, some homeschool parents may decide to embark on a different form of homeschooling, such as enrolling their learner in a virtual school. Virtual schools like Prisma allow learners to still learn from home, taking advantage of increased flexibility, without putting so much burden on the parent to plan curriculum, establish a daily routine, and give feedback.
At Prisma, we also recognize that many homeschool moms and dads relish the opportunity to be majorly involved in their learner’s schooling, and don’t want to give up that high level of involvement even if they’re looking for more support in areas like planning, assessment, and socialization. That’s why we also offer a Parent-Coach Program, in which learners use the full Prisma curriculum, participate in all live classes, and join all extracurricular programs, but the parent serves as the learner’s coach, providing feedback on their work and meeting regularly with them guide them through the Prisma experience.
In this blog post, we will share some homeschool tips and resources to help you take care of yourself and thrive in your homeschooling journey.
Here are three reasons homeschool burnout might occur, how you can identify the signs, and hopefully prevent them from happening in the first place:
To identify why you’re experiencing homeschooling burnout, ask yourself if you identify with any of the three descriptions above. Can you put any of the suggested prevention measures in place?
So you’ve noticed the signs, and you’re definitely burned out. What to do next? Here are some strategies we suggest you try:
Your health and your child’s health come first. If you've been homeschooling for years and are experiencing burnout, it's okay to consider other options, such as in-person public school or private school, or a virtual program like Prisma. Deciding which option makes the most sense depends on what issues you are noticing and what solutions you think would best address the source of the problem. Ask your child what they think. Your family's education should be a whole-family decision that works best for everyone.
And if the decision is to quit homeschooling, don’t feel defeated—your child will always appreciate the effort & thought you put into their schooling. Not every form of education is right for every child, and it’s rare for one system to work well for all 12 years of schooling!
Prisma offers itself as an option for families that love some parts of homeschooling but don't want to do it all themselves. With our Parent Coach Program, you can even remain your child’s main teacher but still get support with curriculum, scheduling, and socialization.
Homeschool burnout is a real issue that many homeschool parents face, but it doesn't have to be the end of your homeschooling journey. By prioritizing self-care, joining a support group, taking breaks, using resources, being flexible, connecting on social media, and knowing when to quit, you can thrive in your homeschooling journey and create a fulfilling educational experience for your children and your whole family.
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