What to do when your homeschool day falls apart?5 min read

Homeschooling Nov 7, 2021

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What to do when your homeschool day falls apart?5 min read

Homeschooling is not a piece of cake, we know. Just because you are teaching your kids at home doesn’t make it any easier than them going to school. If anything, it’s probably just as challenging and sometimes even harder! But amidst the chaos and the challenges, how do you cope and continue to carry on? Well, let’s find out.

Everything is not going to be picture perfect!

First off, let us just be clear about one thing – as a parent who is homeschooling, the ride is never going to be completely smooth sailing all the time. You are going to have difficulties and problems along the way. You will have days when everything feels out of control and nothing goes according to plan. There will be times that will make you question everything from “Am I even good enough?” to “Is it even worth it after all?”. You may have days when your best-laid plans just get unexpectedly thrown out the window. But it’s all part of your homeschooling journey! It’s not going to be picture perfect all the time! So, what do you do then? How do you save a disastrous day that seems to be falling apart on all sides?

When the going gets tough, focus on what matters and just get going!

When everything around seems to be going up in flames, do the best that you can in your homeschool. Focus on what actually matters and just keep going! Yes, we know this sounds a little vague, so here are a few practical tips to help you when the going gets tough:

1. Ease Up

If it’s already a very difficult and overwhelming day in your homeschool but you don’t want to completely give up on the day, ease it up a little bit. You can always cross off a subject or two from the day’s timetable. Instead of a full-blown science lesson, you could find a documentary or a mini educational film to watch together. Easing it up will help you to feel better and you might realize that you can actually do much more than you thought possible.

2. Take a Break

There may be some days when homeschooling isn’t the best option, and that’s okay. Maybe emotions are running high, or energies are just not matching. Don’t feel guilty if you have to cancel homeschool for a day. Remind yourself that you are homeschooling your kids with the best intentions and at a pace that both you and your kids can cope with. If your kids and/or you desperately need to take a break, go right ahead and take the day off. Don’t consider it a waste of a day or time. You can always rest and just talk instead. You could encourage your kids to find some fun and educational activities to do. Or you could sit together and play a board game. Sometimes simply experiencing life together can also prove greatly productive and educational even if it’s not part of a regular planned homeschool day.

3. Change your Schedule

When your world and days seem to be closing in on you, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and go through your schedule. Don’t hesitate to change things up a bit if you have to. Maybe switching from homeschooling on a weekday to a Saturday helps. Or maybe doing it in the evenings instead of the mornings works better. Even shortening your days by an hour or so may prove beneficial for the time being. Keep in mind that one of the many advantages of homeschooling is flexibility. You don’t have to stick to a rigid schedule come-what-may. You can keep changing things up while your kids and you try to navigate through your present struggles and challenges.

4. Accept Help

One of the best things that we human beings have to rely on is community. Community is such a blessing especially in times when we just cannot do it on our own! Pause and analyze your situation. Do you need to bring someone in? Do you need to ask for some much-needed help? Welcome help from a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or even someone from your faith community. Sometimes, you might also need to accept help from your kids. Working together in a team during tough times always makes things much easier. It will help to lighten your burden and even improve your ability to focus on your kids and their lessons.

5. Keep Going

Although you may feel like giving up homeschooling altogether, just keep going! Take it one day at a time. Don’t worry about tomorrow or the next week when you already have sufficient trouble for today. You don’t have to have everything figured out in advance. Approach things one step at a time and have patience with yourself and your kids. Remind yourself of what matters most – your children. Even though you cannot see the end of the dark tunnel right now, trust that one day it will finally end. Continue to make adjustments every step of every day and before you know it, you will have gotten through it!

Conclusion

We hope these simple and super basic tips will help you as you continue on your homeschooling journey with your kids. Don’t give up on yourself, we believe in you!

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