As I sit here and reflect back on our homeschool journey, I feel so many great emotions. On the other hand, I remember days like yesterday – the tough moments – the moments where I cry and ask God to give me strength.
We are nearing the end of February and I am beginning to notice that my kids’ energy levels and overall enthusiasm have hit a low. Moving forward, I want to incorporate homeschool “rules” that we can all work on together to prevent burnout and keep that excitement and motivation going.
Here are a few things that will keep the enthusiasm high and the learning going when lack of motivation kicks in (for both me and my kiddos).
- Don’t compare. Don’t worry about how far other families have come in the last few months or how much more ahead their kids are than yours. When you homeschool, you set your own pace, right? It shouldn’t concern you how others are doing — unless you’re looking for new ideas or to stress yourself out. I should also point out that comparing siblings is another no-no. I’ve been guilty of this, and I’ll admit, it’s a work in progress. Instead, I focus on being grateful for all that we’ve accomplished by jotting those things down in a journal.
- Do something new every week. This is a fun one that my family loves. Each week, we incorporate a new activity into our homeschool. This can mean exploring a unique topic like Egyptology or microorganisms, or even learning a new sport together like bocce ball or croquet. It helps to allow a different family member to choose each time so everyone has their turn.
- Never forget why you started homeschooling. This is one that you’ll need during those moments when you feel like throwing in the towel and sending the kids back to school. No matter how frustrated you may get, always remember why you do what you do. When patience is starting to run low, give yourself, or your children, a break. There are so many ways to do this, so find something that works for you, whether it’s yoga, quiet time with a cup of tea, or a bubble bath.
The secret to making a rule you can stick with is to be honest with yourself. By doing so, you set yourself up for success. And while it won’t always be easy, pushing through and learning from your mistakes will help you bounce back and stay focused. Good luck!