From time to time, we all get frustrated and sometimes we’re just flat out determined that we cannot go on. But when we’re feeling defeated, we have to find a way back to our purpose. We have to get to the root of the problem. We need to re-focus. How was the decision reached to homeschool? At what point did the burnout begin? How could the homeschool experience improve? These are things to consider in order to get back on track.
If you are like me and the decision to homeschool came as a calling, then that’s the first step to regaining confidence as an educator. Remember that you were called to nurture your children’s learning experiences. You were called. You. Not someone else. You answered the call. You made it this far. And, now you are on your journey. You may be passing through the desert. But this is just a stepping stone to where you are going. But, you must keep going in order to get there. Your children are depending on you. So consider why you began the homeschool journey and rediscover your joy.
Next, pinpointing when you started feeling oppressed can be very helpful. Were you or your children experiencing difficulties learning or focusing on the work? If so, enlisting outside help is completely fine. Just because you have chosen to educate your children at home doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Perhaps sickness or a death in the family has added extra stress in your everyday life and has played a major role in disrupting the atmosphere of your learning environment. If that’s the root of the issue, then consider taking an unplanned break or maybe just unschooling for a while. Having a flexible schedule and using as many resources as possible are key when educating at home.
Finally, working on different aspects of your homeschool arrangement can greatly improve your outlook and your children’s as well. Make a list of the areas in which you could improve. Have your children make lists as well. Share ideas with your children and allow their feedback to help you all to have a better environment and experience. All good things could be better.
In conclusion, getting back to our starting place is often the best way to move forward. Life can be difficult sometimes. But, we cannot allow our circumstances to negatively affect our performance. It is when we feel weak that we are actually learning to be stronger. Embrace the process you are going through and keep going until you see your desired results.
“I can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13