Are you exhausted? Feeling like it’s just too hard to keep going with your homeschool plans? Ready to throw in the towel?
Be encouraged, mama! February is a really, really common exhaustion point.
Last month was the beginning of my 10th year of homeschooling. Back in the beginning of my homeschooling years, I lived overseas and didn’t have real-life examples or support in homeschooling. In order to learn and be encouraged, I participated (fairly intensively) in an online homeschooling forum for about six years.
I noticed a trend. Every February, without fail, these committed, passionate homeschooling moms would hit burnout mode, and began pouring out feelings of:
- eagerness for the year to be over,
- feeling like they were doing a terrible job, and
- feeling like they couldn’t keep going.
A friend of mine runs marathons with his family. Last May, before the race, he took time to talk with his kids about their upcoming marathon. He mentioned a certain point in the race and said, “This is gonna be the most some of you have ever run. So at this point, this is where, last time you started crying– at mile 12. This is the cry zone. ”
He was giving them a heads up, before they began running– guys, this is the point at which we’ll feel like quitting.
That’s how it is with February and homeschooling.
You had a pretty good fall semester. Then came the crazy holidays. January left you cleaning and recovering, and trying to get your legs back under you. Now, here it is to February and you’re realizing… there are still a few more months (MONTHS??!) left in this school year.
- When you’re facing homeschool burnout, you might feel like quitting.
- It’s hard to keep going when you’ve already given so much.
- Maybe you’re battling your second round of winter sickness.
- It’s dark and rainy. The kids can’t go outside as often, and the sunshine seems so far away.
- Maybe the kids are starting to balk and not be so excited about the curriculum that seemed so shiny and fun in September.
February’s just a hard month for homeschooling.
Galatians 6:9 is a common memory-verse I call to mind in moments like these:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
When we do anything that is challenging and worth doing, we WILL hit exhaustion points.
But if we keep going, there will be GOOD FRUIT!
It’s true with marathons. It’s true with farming. And it’s true with homeschooling.
Here’s some encouragement from my archives to help you press on:
- 37 Encouraging Quotes for the Homeschooling Mother
- The Perfect Homeschool Day
- 6 Ways I Handle Being an Exhausted Mom
- Homeschooling at Your Child’s Pace
IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE SHARE:
- ARE YOU EXPERIENCING A LITTLE BIT OF FEBRUARY HOMESCHOOL BURNOUT?
- WHAT DO *YOU* DO WHEN YOU FEEL BURNOUT COMING ON?