Avoid Homeschooling Burnout: Go on a Date

by Allie Olsen

Homeschooling reminds me of a can of Great Stuff. Great Stuff is the spray insulation you use to insulate between walls- you know what I’m talking about? It’s nice and neat and compact when you buy it.

Then you use it.

It expands and covers everything and is a real mess to clean up!

Homeschooling is like that, too. Planning and hands-on activities and grading and co-ops and field trips and homeschool record keeping can cover everything in our home until all I see is a sea of papers and to-do’s and cute little homeschooled faces covered in peanut butter and jelly. After 10 years of experience, I offer you a protip:

Protip: Schedule a date with your honey before you get to that point to avoid burnout!
My hubby doesn’t have a lot of free time right now because he’s putting finishing touches on Homeschool Manager in addition to working his day job. But dates don’t have to be all night affairs! Here are some date ideas we’ve made time for recently:

  • coffee and prayer at home after the kids are in bed {decaf!}
  • a weekend brunch date when our oldest could babysit
  • jogging together around the neighborhood {takes about 20 minutes}
  • working at the same table at night & pausing to chat & for kisses = just being together
  • a Redbox movie date {cheap and doesn’t require any planning or conversation on those days we’re too tired to talk}
  • double date with friends who can encourage, laugh with and pray with us
  • one round of a favorite card game

Dates don’t have to be romantic dinners by candlelight- though I highly recommend those, too. Dates don’t have to be expensive or long or out of the house or even romantic. Dates do have to be special times for you and your spouse to have fun together, laugh and love on each other. What’s your favorite way to show your honey your love?

Published by Allie Olsen