Parents who homeschool their children can experience burn-out. Homeschooling is a commitment that demands hours and hours of being “on” so it becomes imperative when break is the only thing that will keep us sane.
Our role of stay at home parent who also homeschool and all the related duties are never ending it seems. Between being with the children almost all the time and driving them to and from field trips, classes, sports etc there is very little downtime. Stress can really fray the nerves. Eventually, at a breaking point, the time comes when only going out with others in the same boat will get you back on track.
Parent’s night out is an opportunity for home schooling parents to get together at various locations to encourage each other, exchange ideas and information and invest in rewarding friendships. Most people know these outings as mom’s night out however, the number of male homeschool parents is increasing and they deserve a break too.
The socializing aspect of these outings alone are worth the effort of getting out. It’s the recharge we need to be good parents and good guides for our children. It can also be a great thing for a marriage.
Relating to other parents, speaking openly about the ups and downs of homeschooling, sharing frustrations and concerns can relieve us of the figurative weight we feel input shoulders to do it all right. Psychologically and emotionally, it’s powerful support and necessary to stay healthy and in turn focused on the task at hand.
For ideas on what to do on these outings, click here (http://friendship.about.com/od/Friendship_Activities/tp/Girls-Night-Out-Ideas.htm).
Article By Nuria Almeida
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