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    Hello my name is Katey. I am a home school mom from Northwest Ohio. I have 3 daughters ages 11, 9 and 3. Last year and that putting my oldest daughter Back in public school. Not super happy about it but it is where she needs to be. My middle daughter has dysgraphia And our local public school is worthless when it comes to special needs. I love home schooling and have been a home school mom for well this will be our 5th year. This year I will be starting my preschooler with us. Last year I had major burnout from schooling and it really affected everything. I'm in the planning stages for the 2019/ 2020 school year. I would love to get everyone's input on what they do to avoid burnout. So glad to have found this website!

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    I wish I had an answer to burnout! Even other things we really like doing, we often enjoy breaks from them. Youre not alone, if that is comforting. Near the end of the last school year, none of my sonís (homeschooled) friends parents balked about me taking their kids on a school day to some marginally, vaguely educational trip. (You know the ones, where you try imagining a trip to Ikea as being a social studies trip learning about Scandinavian food because you ate at cafe and drank lingonberry juice.)

    Dont fret about public school for your oldest. You can always take her out, if it seems like a disaster. One of the best things about homeschooling is that we get to be flexible, and do what is best for our situation. Imagine those public school parents where its never occurred to them that there is another way things can be done!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome! I also have a mix of a child at home and one in school. You just do what you have to.

    No advice on the burnout. I am really unhealthy in my work habits in that I am a procrastinator and I purposefully put myself in high stress/burnout situations constantly where I have to do everything at once. Like I just accepted 100 pages of editing due between Wed and Fri this week, which is about 25 h work, and I already have homeschooling, and a 4Ė5 h shift of volunteering to do.

    I do try take little bits of time for me in the day. If it is making sure the kids leave me alone while I drink my cup of tea, or making sure that I get a little bit of outside time and exercise done for the day, or doing a couple of rows of knitting. Just so I feel like I have done something for me and that I have a life that exists outside of homeschool and work.

    Otherwise, I come on here and vent. It helps. The roll call posts are great. Join in!

    AM, you are making me miss Ikea meatballs! (We don't have Ikea in NZ) And I don't even eat meat these days. And that is a totally educational trip You could learn so much, about modernism (the original stuff that it is all copied off), how flat pack furniture is made, mega corporations and business...
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Not to hijack the thread.... to rave about Ikea, but...
    Last time I was there, I had their veggie balls. Which were yummy. (Or I was really hungry.)
    Theres a copycat recipe here for them, that Ive been contemplating. I dont usually use frozen veggies, and those arent ones I like.... but I did like whatever was in the store.

    As long as they dont replace their real veggie balls with “beyond meat” or other fake meat “impossible” products, Im happy.

    (As Michael Pollan says, “Dont eat food that pretends to be something it isnt.”)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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