The word that they used to describe their plight was “burnout,” a tiredness born of over-commitment.
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“People with determined personalities,” wrote Catherine Levison in her article ‘In an English Garden’,” can become overly reliant on their own abilities. Sheer will power can enable you to continue through home schooling but eventually a crisis can exceed the power of our human determination.
“Burnout is definitely a crisis for people who educate children,” she continued. “It is a conflict of huge proportions when those who love children and feel called to work with them grow weary of the task. I have often felt the need to speak plainly about the severity of burnout and the general difficulty of home educating itself. When a parent struggles with any aspect of educating their children the first thing they need is for someone to acknowledge the hardship rather than dismiss it as nonexistent. After the emotions have been acknowledged then solutions can be sought.
Catherine offered this advice: “You need to know when to take a break. If you think you’re too busy and don’t have any spare time, you need to make some – no excuses. It’s okay to need a break from your own children. I know I need time away from my little darlings and it makes me a better parent to get that break. So in case you were waiting for someone to do it, I’ll give you permission to (temporarily) retreat from the responsibilities of home management and home schooling.”
In ‘The Cure and Prevention of Mom Burnout’, Karen wrote about the realities of the role of the homeschooling mom: “To get up every single day and be responsible for the total care of several other individuals is a formidable task. If the older children are to receive any form of education that day, the homeschooling mom is the one who must round them up and teach them. A mom can do these things in her own strength for a while. She can be motivated by her own desire for things to be orderly, but only for a time. When you have several children, and homeschool, the sheer amount of energy needed to get through each day, day after day, is too much for most of us. The spilled crayons, dumped drawers, and emptied bookshelves will get to us eventually. Sooner or later, the desire for clean and educated children, clean clothes, and a clean house evaporates into a raw desire for sanity and survival!”
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