Homeschooling and Balance. Is it even possible to find the perfect equilibrium to life as a homeschooling parent?
The word itself conjures up images of wait staff holding trays of heavy, precariously perched glasses and dishes, swiftly weaving between the tables as they deliver their orders. Or maybe that of a gymnast nimbly jumping and dancing across a narrow beam with grace and elegance. Perhaps you envision the gentle, carefully measured procedure of stacking objects onto a scale in an attempt to achieve a perfect equal level.
When you look up the word balance in the dictionary, some of the definitions include:
- stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis
- equipoise between contrasting, opposing, or interacting elements
- physical equilibrium
- mental and emotional steadiness
There is this popular belief that, if you do things properly, it is possible to find a way to balance all the sections and responsibilities in our lives so they each get the time they need and we find success/peace/happiness. We are expected to be able do everything to the fullest.
Balance is a myth.
The truth is that life is more about priorities, flexibility, and simplification than balance. In a world where we are pulled in 1000 different directions, it is impossible to accomplish this mysterious idea of equilibrium – let alone the idea that we can be mentally and emotionally steadfast. Trying to do EVERYTHING is just a way to lead to stress, burnout, and failure.
In a world where we are pulled in 1000 different directions, it is impossible to accomplish this mysterious idea of equilibrium – let alone the idea that we can be mentally and emotionally steadfast. Trying to do EVERYTHING is just a way to lead to stress, burnout, and failure.
As homeschoolers, we have made a choice to put the education of our children as a priority. But we also have a lot of other things that we are responsible for: feeding the family, maintaining our homes, taking care of our own well-being, work, etc.
Can we do it all and, if so – how? Do we actually need to?
Over the next few days, we’re going to dive into this myth of balance as homeschoolers. Let’s talk about making decisions on what’s important and what’s not, systems to help simplify the challenging areas, and how to handle the areas that are overwhelming us.
10 Days of Homeschooling and Balance
- Homeschooling & the Myth of Balance: Introduction
- Homeschooling & Life: The Art of Prioritizing
- Homeschooling: Avoiding the Overwhelm
- Finding Family Time When You Homeschool
- Balancing Homeschool & Housekeeping
- Working and Homeschooling – Yes, It’s Possible
- Self Care Ideas for the Homeschooling Parent
- 8 Tips for Homeschooling when you have Little Kids, too
- Homeschooling and Extra Activities: Figuring Out What to Participate In
- Homeschool Burnout Survival Steps
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