deafeating “homeschool burnout” | part 1

deafeating “homeschool burnout” | part 1

Homeschool Burnout: [ hōm′sko͞ol bern´out ] emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors that involve teaching (one’s children) at home, while simultaneously keeping house, washing mountain loads of laundry, cooking dinner, wiping noses, carrying a baby on a hip, keeping a toddler entertained and being a good helper to a husband. In addition to signs of exhaustion, this type of burn exhibits an increasingly negative attitude toward the choice to homeschool in the first place, low self-esteem, and personal devaluation, second guessing, and threats of putting kids on a bus, is often associated with homeschool burnout.
Homeschool Burnout always finds us at the most inconvenient of times.

bringing skills back to life…

…and introducing new ones!Many women have not grown up {or are growing up} in a home with a mother who did not teach them basic life skills let alone basic skills for running a home. I feel blessed to have grown in a home with a mother who focused on the Lord, her husband, her children and her home. I was taught specific things, but also many I just picked up on because that’s how Mom did it! If you are like me, you don’t really want to return to the days where women boiled water to wash their clothes or we certainly don’t want to give up our self-cleaning oven or our auto-propelled vacuum cleaners.But, at the same time, our “microwave, throw away-buy new” culture is tossing out a number of skills that our great grandmothers so diligently wanted to pass down to us. Some of these skills require a little bit of crock pot patience. But, as my family strives for simplicity I want to take the time to teach my little homemaker the lost arts of homemaking and what joy it is to know how to bake a cake from scratch, or to simply know how to sew on a button. I would be a shame to see so many time-tested skills be buried away with our grandparents. It’s time to bring back to life and celebrate the honor, the tradition and the simple beauty of managing a home and cultivating a family and learning a few real “tricks of the trade” along the way. As I’m teaching my little “homemaker in training”, I am trying...