Journal questions can aid in your self-exploration, to get curious about what your reasons for overwhelm might be. They can be a self-coaching tool to help you discover the barriers getting in the way of your homeschool life so you can show up on purpose in your homeschool and have homeschool satisfaction. This 19-page self-coaching workbook will be your best tool to overcome overwhelm.
So many reasons we might feel overwhelmed as a homeschool mom.
But since we’re all not the same humans having the same human experiences, we couldn’t possibly be experiencing overwhelm for the same reasons.
Use this Grappling with Overwhelm journaling workbook as a self-coaching tool to help address your needs, gain satisfying relationships, and shift your perspective.
Here are a couple (okay, seventeen) common reasons homeschoolers feel overwhelmed:
- You’re trying to keep a clean house.
- You’re trying to keep a private school in your home.
- You’re trying to finish all the curriculum.
- You’re trying to do everything that the neighbour’s kids are doing at their school.
- You’re trying to do everything other homeschool families are doing with their kids.
- You believe there really is one right way to homeschool.
- You’re trying to do your homeschool just like Charlotte Mason, John Holt, Maria Montessori, or Julie Bogart.
- You’re trying to keep your kids happy.
- You’re trying to make three square meals every day of the week.
- You love your kids and are glad to live and learn with them, but you don’t feel supported by a community outside your home.
- You have one child that has extra needs and you don’t know if you’re doing right by them.
- You have neurotypical kids, but you still don’t know if you’re doing right by them.
- You feel like you could do a great job with just one or two kids, but you’ve got five.
- You feel like you never quite get the right curriculum because homeschooling is never quite always working for you (or the kids).
- Your kids are complaining, bickering, whining, or just plain annoying you.
- You are trying to do things to check off boxes so other people won’t worry about your child’s homeschool education.
- You are feeling not good enough.
- You fill-in-the-blank…
Does anything sound familiar?
I’m a homeschool mama just like you.
Over my fifteen years of homeschooling, I’ve grappled with a few reasons for homeschool overwhelm.
I was trying to keep a clean house, keep a private school in my home, and finish all the curriculum. I was trying to do everything that the neighbour’s kids were doing at school.
I was trying to do everything other homeschool families were doing with their kids. I believed there really was one right way to homeschool.
I was trying to keep all the kids happy all the time. I was reacting to complaining, squabbling, or typical childish behaviour like it was an assault against me personally.
I was trying to do too many things. And yet I was definitely feeling like I wasn’t doing enough.
A couple of reasons for overwhelm, wouldn’t you say?
But I wanted to enjoy this homeschool thing, so I determined to grapple with it.
I’m going to share with you what I found that helped me overcome overwhelm.
You’re about to find out! You can use this journaling workbook to help you grapple (& overcome) your overwhelm!
Overwhelm is a feeling that can represent a lot of different issues around your needs, your relationships, and your perspective on your homeschool.
So get out your pen and dig deep into the following journaling questions to assess what issues you’re dealing with in your homeschool life.
These journal questions can aid in your self-exploration, so get curious about what you’re feeling, how you’re addressing your needs, how you understand your homeschool responsibilities, and how you engage in relationships.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson