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Avoiding Burnout
Volume 115, Program 69
5/23/2013


Originally aired October 22, 2009
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 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”—so said Benjamin Franklin. Well, for single homeschooling parents, that ounce of prevention could prevent unnecessary burnout. So what should you do? Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith and his guest discuss this question.

Mike Smith:
Mary Jo Tate is with me again today. Mary Jo, single parents face so many demands on their time and attention. In your experience, what should they most be aware of neglecting?

Mary Jo Tate:
The single parents I’ve talked with almost always neglect taking care of themselves. Of course, parenting does involve sacrifice, but you simply can’t nurture, provide for, and educate your children well, if you’re always living on the edge of burnout. Nobody blames a pregnant woman for taking care of herself—her child’s very life depends on her health. But once the child is born, the connection isn’t quite as direct and obvious.

To be able to handle all your responsibilities, you absolutely must make time for personal rest, renewal, relaxation, and even recreation. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, eating right, and drinking plenty of water.

So many of the single parents I talk with seem to need somebody’s permission to take care of themselves. If that describes you listening today, I want to officially give you permission right now: it’s not only ok, it’s essential. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need, and don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. Take the flight attendant’s advice: put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.

Mike:
Mary Jo, that’s very helpful insight, and thanks for joining us again! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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