I get overwhelmed easily. I like to know things are going according to plan. Maybe that is why we are more of an unschooling type of family… Here are some great tips to combat homeschool mom overwhelm when it happens to you.
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5 Ways to Combat Homeschool Mom Overwhelm
Know that you are not alone. Even the most put together looking homeschooler you know has had days when they didn’t know how they’d make it to bedtime even if they won’t admit it. They always say that the best defense is a good offense so homeschool momma let’s go.
Give Your Children Chores
Once your children are old enough to use the potty, they are old enough for chores. I’m not talking about taking the dog out, but they are old enough to help with little things. They can put their dirty clothes in the laundry, they can pick up their toys.
And more, they might like the independence of helping. My kids always loved putting their laundry in the hamper… putting their laundry away now that they are older is a totally different thing apparently.
Simplify Meal Times
Breakfast doesn’t have to be a huge full meal. You can boil eggs ahead of time, you can have cereals and bread products ready for them to serve themselves.
Lunch doesn’t have to be a big planned-out meal either. Around here, leftovers are fought over!
My fridge is always full of fruit that my kids know can go along with their lunch or breakfast too.
Get Some Fresh Air
You probably feel like you don’t have time to get outside, that there is no way you can get everything done and go for a walk today. But, you need to make this part of your day. Instead of looking at it as something else to do done, look at it as self-care. Or as part of nature study. Whichever one helps you prioritize getting outside.
Look to Minimalist Homeschooling
Sometimes we suffer from homeschool burnout and homeschool stress because we are trying to DO ALL THE THINGS. As homeschool moms, we want to do the best that we can for our children. Do we struggle with trying to measure up to what we think that the public school offers our children?
Some days you just need to do the essential things. On your list of a dozen things that need to be done, what has to be done? Do that, cross the others off, and move them to different days.
Phone A Friend
Call or text as a fellow homeschool mom. they have been where you are. Maybe she is sitting at home overwhelmed too and you could be making her feel a little less alone with a simple text
Grab A Book
At the end of your day grab a book to read. Lay in bed for 10 minutes and read something. It can be a fiction book you lose yourself in or a great homeschool book that helps you plan your days or understand parenting a little more.
No matter how hard we try, we get overwhelmed. There is a lot resting on our shoulders when we decide to homeschool our children. It’s how we handle it that matters. Homeschooling shouldn’t be an island, reach out to a friend, or join a Facebook group to find like-minded mommas.