Reclaiming Your Child's Well-Being: How Homeschooling Can Reduce Stress and Anxiety
As parents of children who attend public schools, we want the best for our kids – academically, socially, and emotionally. But what happens when our children become so overwhelmed with their schoolwork that their stress levels skyrocket? Is there an alternative to traditional schooling that can help them to feel more in control? The answer may be homeschooling. By removing the traditional classroom environment from the equation, homeschooling can provide a respite from the pressures of modern society and give your child’s mental health a much-needed break.
One of the key benefits of homeschooling is that your child is not exposed to the same stressors that frequently exist in a traditional school setting. When children attend public schools, they are often expected to conform to certain expectations and compete with their peers for achievements. This can lead to undue stress and anxiety. In homeschooling, however, your child can take time away from this kind of pressure and instead focus on learning at their own pace.
In addition to providing a low-stress educational environment, homeschooling helps you create a unique and engaging learning space at home. Make sure you have a designated area that is free from distractions, equipped with the supplies your student needs for learning, and set with comfortable furniture for your child’s physical well-being. A home library full of inspiring books can also be beneficial for fostering creativity and curiosity in your child during their days off from formal schooling. If you’re unsure what books to add to your library, I recommend Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt, which includes curated lists of books for all ages.
Sending students to a traditional school each day offers parents a respite from the rigors of parenting and can afford them time to focus on other work in or out of the home. For this reason, homeschooling can add stress to parents’ lives. So, it is important to have an organized day-to-day routine in order to successfully homeschool your child without feeling overwhelmed or burning out. Try having set times for both focused study periods and creative activities such as art projects or music lessons. This will allow your child to still benefit from structure but also explore different areas of interest outside of academic pursuits.
Finally, don’t forget about yourself! As a parent taking on the responsibility of educating their children at home, it’s important that you practice self-care so you don’t get overwhelmed by the additional workload placed upon you. Take time each day – even if it’s just 15 minutes – to step away and recharge mentally and physically so that you are better prepared when it comes time for learning with your kids every day. Pray, read your Bible, or meditate on a favorite passage for a just a few minutes. It will help you regain perspective.
Homeschooling may seem like a daunting task at first, but you can rest assured that embracing a flexible yet structured approach will reduce overall family stress levels. You may be surprised at just how much less anxious your children will be after switching from traditional schooling once they have adjusted!
Choose Enlightium Academy!
Enlightium Academy is a leading private Christian school that is ready to serve your homeschool student with an award-winning curriculum, affordable tuition, and highly-reviewed experience. The curriculum is Christian, flexible, customizable, rigorous, and engaging.
Our teacher-led accredited private school performs all the activities that each state requires, such as assigning classes, grading, providing feedback, teaching, and providing student accountability. We could love to prepare your student for academic and spiritual success with you. We accept new students throughout the school year, so you can get started today in three easy steps.
Enjoy a Flexible Schedule!
Enlightium students have a flexible schedule and can work at their own pace. But what does working at your own pace mean? It means:
- That you can finish your school work each week AND live your life. Many Enlightium students travel during the school year, are professional athletes and entertainers, or work ahead and finish high school in less than four years.
- If you are an early bird, you can wake up early, finish your schoolwork by noon, and enjoy the rest of your day! If you are a night owl, you can complete your assignments at night. If you want to mix it up, you can do work throughout the day with breaks.
- If you want to or need to travel, you and your family can plan ahead so that you do some schoolwork on nights and weekends before and after your trip so you can enjoy traveling without having to worry about school.
- If difficult life circumstances occur, you can use nights, weekends, and holidays to stay on track.
Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school that serves homeschooling families by offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher-supported, and affordable education from the comfort of your home. For any other questions about Enlightium, please call (509) 319-2288, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com.