Being a stay-at-home parent as well as a homeschool teacher is definitely two fulltime jobs. Having to maintain the home plus teach your children is fertile ground for becoming a victim of stress and later burnout. If you allow this to happen, you may begin to question if your choice to homeschool your children was right at all. To keep your efforts at homeschooling from going to waste, you need to guard against becoming a victim of stress. Here are some ways to recognize when too much stress is entering your homeschool and how to deal with it.
It is important to recognize when stress is becoming too much in your homeschool. You can detect it when these symptoms become frequent:
- Losing it
Losing it means having outbursts of anger at your children when they don’t do as you expect. It’s normal for it to happen sometimes with children but if it happens several times every day then you might need to step back and see what needs to be done to regain control.
Bitterness, envy, and apathy are typical emotional responses because of too much stress in homeschool. A homeschool parent might begin to feel envious of others whose kids are in public schools and don’t have to put up with near what you have to.
Apathy tends to set in as each day is just another stress marathon. The overwhelming nature of this situation results in not even simple homeschooling tasks getting completed.
Confusion and exhaustion are closely related because both are the direct result of stress’s toll on the mind and the body.
What You Need to Do to Get Control
There are several measures you take in getting control and not letting stressors affect your homeschool. These are measures such as:
- Use time wisely
- Get help
- Schedule quiet times
- Mix it up a little
- Extracurricular activities
- Guard time for yourself
Using time wisely results in having enough time to do everything you need to do in your homeschool. This means planning and scheduling. You want to schedule what needs to get done each day. Part of using time wisely is also getting organized because disorganization means not finding what you need when you need it which contributes to stress and wastes precious minutes.
Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it. This can be as simple as having your children help you with chores around the house to relieve some your load.
Homeschools with multiple children can be noisy places. Quiet times should be scheduled each day so that your children can do their reading and you can rest a little. Even take a nap if you must.
Nothing is more stressful than trying to teach something but it just is not working. Your children will let you know this in more ways than one too. For example, if they are just not getting what you are trying to teach they may become fidgety, talkative, or fall asleep. Stress results when you keep trying to drill it to them even though it is not working. This is the time to step back and evaluate what you are teaching and make adjustments. Possibly, your child is not ready for what you are teaching and you may need to step back and review.
Some parents even have part-time jobs while they homeschool their children. Usually this is because there is need to supplement the income of the primary breadwinner. However, by keeping stress low in the homeschool environment, you will be able to do that part-time job, educate your children, plus take care of your home to include your spouse. Study these suggestions and prudently guard against these stressors before they have an impact on homeschool and other areas of your life.