Homeschool Burnout

 

You might be thinking “burnout?  It’s only October!”  Well, we school year round and we started this thing way back in January 2 years ago.  For us, this is the mid-year burnout crash.  To be honest though, I go through a cycle of enthusiastically planning and working to a period of “I hate this!  Why are we doing this anyway?” on a normal basis.  I would love to be somewhere in the middle, comfortably secure in our routine and learning style, but that’s not to be.  Oh well.

So.  Burnout.  It happens – and it happens a lot.  Sometimes we homeschoolers don’t admit it and just power through it, but it’s a fact of homeschooling that newbies don’t understand when they start.  It’s similar to teacher burnout, but it’s loaded with an extra dollop of guilt because these are my kids, and how could I not LOVE just being around them all the time?

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What’s Your Superpower?

 

We joke with our kids and tell them that their Sensory Processing Disorder gives them superpowers – and it does, in a weird way.  Those same brain differences that let them hear minutia can become overwhelming: neurotypicals don’t experience pain because of hearing lights or high frequencies the way our kids do.  I don’t have SPD so I can’t fully relate to the kids, but I’m hypersensitive.  So is Mr. Genius.  And it’s not always a good thing.

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I Used To Be Gifted ….

 

I hear this a lot, mostly from the parents of gifted kids.  They say things like “I tested gifted in school, but now I’m just average,” or “my parents and teachers said I was gifted but I never did anything with it.”  Sometimes it’s said to discredit the whole idea of giftedness:  look at me!  I’m supposed to be gifted but I’m normal.  So there’s no such thing as gifted!

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The Teal Pumpkin

 

It’s October again.  Guess what the Engineer has on his mind?  Yup, Halloween.  That time of year when we go ring the door bells of random strangers and ask them for candy.  Sounds rather weird when you put it that way.  He’s so excited – not just about the candy possibility, but about making a fun experience for Halloween visitors.  He wants to decorate everything with skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, and spiders.  We went looking for fake spider web at Target, and while we were there we finally found a (fake) teal pumpkin.  Yay!

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