Saturday, January 22, 2011
Blog Cruise: SisterT's Talking About BURN OUT~YIKES!
I can say that burnout is something we really don't want to talk about as homeschoolers~BUT most of us have experienced it, and if you haven't, I'd say that it could be coming. It's so common that I'm really thankful for this opportunity to share how I've dealt with it and what new change is up for my family.
I have prayed over burnout many times. BEGGED God to do what I could not~and taken breaks when we all needed them. The flex of our schedule helped this greatly. Give yourself much needed breaks, but when it's school time, hold their feet to the fire~YOU WON'T BE SORRY! I've been a tough teacher~and I'm praying that it will pay off~I've also researched before all of our options. Whether or not you ever take a new path, it's always good to know what's out there imho. Knowing options makes the present choice more satisfying~we like knowing what we are doing is BEST for us~and that we made a choice! Also I talked to my kids. Hearing their heart on these matters is important. If your child is 'telling' you something with either words or behaviors~listen up! It will never hurt to hear their heart's cry on these matters. A child may not have the words, but their behavior and attitudes can sure tell us plenty~if we listen! And lastly I believe that we're forging onward despite fears and misgivings in trust of God that we are doing what will ultimately please Him. It's a tough world out there and preparing our children is a HUGE deal~but giving it to God in prayer and trusting Him along the way will give satisfaction and a peace of mind that avoidance by shipping our child off could never accomplish~
Soooooooo if you are experiencing this dreaded condition of burnout, give it to God and take a break to regroup. Then you will have clarity of mind to go back and HIT IT HARD once again. Remember that commercial years ago~'CALGON~Take ME away!!!" as the woman reclines in her bubble bath?? WE MOMS NEED those kinds of moments in our lives from time to time~and hey, pull out a nice scented candle for a nice effect~mmmmm.....
How ARE you beating burnout?
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