Are you having a hard time finding motivation for the new school year? You could be suffering from homeschool burnout. Join us today on Home School Heartbeat as author Diana Waring discusses what this burnout might look like.
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We’re privileged to have with us today Diana Waring, author of Reaping the Harvest: The Bounty of Abundant-Life Homeschooling. Diana, it’s great to have you on the program!
Thanks, Mike! It’s delightful to be with you today!
Well, Diana, homeschool burnout is a big problem hitting a lot of parents in homeschooling. Would you please tell us what burnout is, and exactly what are the symptoms?
Well, Mike, first of all, it’s awful! It attacks homeschool moms and begins to destroy their motivation, their excitement, their joy in homeschooling. It starts with that feeling of frustration. Finding that things are more difficult than you expected them to be, but it just keeps getting harder, and you run out of resources, you run out of strength, out of ideas; there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It can make you resentful, angry, even hard, or make you want to quit. So burnout is that feeling of defeat and hopelessness, that no matter how hard you try, you’re going to fail. Symptoms can include an utter lack of joy in your day-to-day homeschooling; that it’s a complete drudgery, a burdensome duty, a sense that though others succeed, you won’t. And it seems obvious to you that the only option available is to give up.
Well, thanks so much for that very clear explanation, Diana! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.