momee Posted August 31, 2012 Share Posted August 31, 2012 (edited) I've been homeschooling 9 years and have experienced my fair share of burnout. I always. Every. Single. Year. want to quit due to "me" reasons. I hate that the bus looks so fun. That backpacks, lunchboxes and tennis dates with MY friends tempt to override my convictions. :) Every fall I really look at what life for MY children would be like in public school. I eagerly re-read TWTM chapters on the why's and benefits of homeschooling to remind myself. I borrow books from the library about the current state of education to remind myself. I watch movies and if they have teenagers in schools I focus on how true their experiences are (and aren't)...and then I take all that and compare it with what benefits my children are getting at home. (This applies to my family, your experience may differ) It helps too to talk to public school moms who are supportive of homeschooling. They help remind me what I might think is a pro might not be so much. (ex: teachers instead of mom - the teachers have to be better than me! type stuff) I asked my son who wanted so badly to go to ps in early high school years to tell me again why he wanted to. When I hear those reasons I think what those reasons would have done to help him now. (socially, educationally, morally, etc). Then I asked him if he thinks I should put his sisters back in and he reminded me of all the great things he learned as a home schooler. Sometimes though I still wonder at my ability to do it all and think I'm crazy for keeping them home. By spring that feeling is gone:tongue_smilie: Edited August 31, 2012 by momee Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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