Homeschool Mom Burnout {week 30 lesson plan and recap}

This is week 30 in a year long series, all about lesson planning in our interest-led homeschool. I share a recap of last week’s plan vs. reality every week, and include an overview of our lesson plan for the upcoming week. This week, I am also sharing the realities of homeschool mom burnout.

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I gave up last week. Not forever, but definitely on most of our plans for the week.

The problem with homeschooling through the summer (although in a much less demanding way) is that I don’t feel like I get a break.

Homeschool Mom Burnout

Here’s how I knew it was time for a small break.

When my son and I were talking about his plans for next year, I was not excited. In fact, I was the opposite of excited. I felt a dull resignation and more than a little resentment.

Remember, we homeschool through the summer because that is what works best for my family. Their need for routine and structure practically requires a year round approach. But just because it is what my children need, doesn’t mean it’s what I need.

Last week, the tension between the two became obvious. Rather than pushing through, like I would have a few years ago, I decided to take a break, for me and me alone.

I arranged to leave after my son’s infusion on Monday and did not return until late Wednesday. (Please know, I recognize the sheer privilege and blessing in this.) My friend and I stayed at a local hotel together. We hadn’t seen each other in almost 3 years, so it was catch up time. We ate good food, got a massage, laid by the pool and slept in.

I barely looked at my phone and didn’t think about homeschooling once.

My kids were fine. Their dad took care of driving them all over the place for their various classes and commitments. My husband served all the food I prepared ahead of time, made sure the medication schedule stayed on track, and even cleaned up the house before I returned. The kids schedule stayed almost the same, while I got some much needed rest.

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Yes, this is a cocktail and the remains of a pretzel roll.

Making Time For Yourself

There have been times when getting away for two days like this would’ve been impossible. Please know, if you are reading this and thinking there’s no way you can get a break, I understand.

Even if it’s not a few days away, please, take care of yourself. Taking time to breathe means you are a better homeschool mom and human being.

Last Week’s Homeschool Lesson Plans vs. Reality:

Monday

THE PLAN

  • YouTube Video
  • Drivers Ed Lesson
  • Blood Plasma Infusion – 4 hours

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Blood Plasma Infusion – 4 hours

Tuesday

THE PLAN

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends at school – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Voice class – 1 hour

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Social Time with friends at school – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Voice class – 1 hour

Wednesday

THE PLAN

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours
  • Vacation Day for Mom

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours

Thursday

THE PLAN

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends at school – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing Class – 2 hours

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing class – 2 hours

Friday

THE PLAN

  • Driver’s Ed
  • Finish Ocean Study
  • YouTube Video – their choice and educational
  • Audiobook and discussion

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

  • Drivers Ed – FINAL QUIZ!!! (He passed. After months and months, he is now able to schedule the permit test with the DMV for his learner’s permit. Wish me luck as I navigate the dyslexia accommodations offered by the DMV.)
  • Audiobook and discussion
  • Rock Climbing with Friends
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He did it!!!

Our Homeschool Lesson Plans For This Week

Monday

  • YouTube Video
  • Learner’s Permit Practice Quiz
  • Blood Plasma Infusion – 4 hours

Reference Notes: Every Monday, my son has subcutaneous immunoglobin infusions. This means we typically keep learning to a minimum.

Tuesday

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends at school – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Voice class – 1 hour

Reference Notes: My son attends classes on both Tuesday and Thursday at a specialized private school.

Wednesday

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours
  • Learner’s Permit Practice Quiz
  • Spelling Practice
  • You Tube Video – kids’ choice
  • Ocean Study – Final Lesson

Thursday

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends at school – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing Class – 2 hours

Reference Notes: We spend Thursdays in lessons mostly outside our home.  My son attends a program on Thursday afternoons through a local private school and then has rock climbing practice about an hour away. We use the car time to our advantage as much as possible.

Friday

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    6 Comments

    1. I was given an idea years ago which works well when I need it. I set aside one Friday a month as my catchup day. Often the overwhelm can come from putting other things on the back burner continually. This day allows me time to do those incidental things. I’m so pleased you put in some self care. You have alot on your plate.

    2. So so good that you got a break and a much deserved get-away!
      Congratulations on finishing the driver’s ed/training! We just had a DMV visit (not for licenses or tests) and I am going to have to look into accommodations when we hit that point. My kids had to sign the digital signature pad and my one word of caution is that, even in active use, it times out if the signature isn’t fast enough. The staff were clearly impatient with my dysgraphic kiddo, which did not help.

      1. I am expecting it to be trying (for both of us) and have been trying to prepare him for the inevitable for frustration. I will keep you posted on how it goes.
        🙂 Shawna

    3. What program did you use for driver’s ed training? My differently-wired kids is approaching his 16th birthday in the fall when his age mates will be getting driver’s licenses. He might find it encouraging if there was a driver’s ed program he could be working through while he’s waiting for his EF skills to be up for the task.

      1. We grabbed one off of google. Search by state and it will give you a list of approved online courses.

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