Monday, April 10, 2006

Overload


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ ~Jer 29:11

It's springtime, and along with it seems to come a lot of activities and business. I recently experienced a brief period of overload. It seems as though I was hitting a wall, and needed to step back and evaluate what had gotten me to this point of overload.

Many times as homeschool moms it is very easy to do, do, do with our children. We get involved in activities (because there are so many), and we think they will be great for the children. We want to expose them to this, that and the other. These things are all good. However, we must also remember that sometimes it is equally important just to be.

I have been schooling for 5 yrs, and have been challenged with this issue at some point or other each year. I will settle down for a while, and then..... Well, this year with the extra responsibility of a toddler in tow, I couldn't pull it off and I had come to a stand still of burnout. I had to step back, re-evaluate, and re-plan the way our household functions--to include time for me and a few personal endeavors.

All in all, things are going well and our home has taken a new direction.

Here is an excellent article regarding homeschool burnout
http://www.schoolofabraham.com/hittingwall.htm

Blessings

3 comments:

Steph said...

The scripture reading at the top of your post is my very favorite. :-) I am glad to know I am not the only one who continually changes, re-evaluated, and simply tried to weather bumps in the road.

Shane said...

Hey, just wanted to comment because I enjoy reading your blog. I have a lot of friends who homeschool their children, and my first hand experience and observations are nothing but favorable to the endeavor. I do get feedback from a lot of parents who say they like to have additional resources at their disposal though, in that they enjoy being kept current on what online programs are available out there that might be able to supplement their home curriculae. I’ve found some good resources so far to suggest to these friends, and I think others should check out eLearners and CampusExplorer. Schools and programs listed on these sites could potentially add value to the already substantive methods of established home schools.

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