With young children, some element of parental fatigue is expected. Endless diapers, interrupted sleep, and relentless crying can quickly lead us to the edge. Even the best need a break. Yet, for many homeschooling moms the pressures of teaching and parenting build more subtly as our children age. When my children were younger, I was full of confidence. Kindergarten math? No problem. In fact, by the time I encountered my first serious homeschooling crisis, I had been successfully teaching my children for 6 years. I was a homeschooling support group leader and had obtained my masters in Education. My thesis? A study of homeschooling families. I had read all the books including Home School Burnout, by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Yet, my experience and education did little to prevent me from burning out.
Continue reading To the Edge and Back: Look at Burn Out by Ann Lloyd, from the September-October 1999 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe today at our special rates and save $6.00 on a one year subscription, or save a whopping $16.00 on a two year subscription!