As a homeschool parent, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be Supermom or Superdad. We feel like we have to do it all and do it all well. But the truth is, our kids don't need us to be perfect. They just need us to be present.

If you're having one of those days where you just don't feel like you can homeschool with the enthusiasm that you normally bring to the table, that's OK. Your kids may need a break too. In fact, there are some very good reasons why playing with your kids instead of "doing school" may be exactly what they need.

Kids need down time too.
Just like adults, kids need time to relax and recharge. According to Dr. Mona Delahooke, author of Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges, "When children play, they're not only resting their brain from focused work but also increasing brain capacity." So even though it may feel like you're slacking off as a parent when you're playing with your kids instead of working on academics, you're actually doing them a favor by giving their brains a break.

Kids are still learning when they play.
When children are playing, they're actually doing some pretty sophisticated learning. According to educational psychologist Peter Gray, "Play is the brain's favorite way of learning." When kids are caught up in the moment and fully engaged in their play, they're using executive function skills like planning, problem-solving, and decision-making. They're also practicing social skills like cooperation and communication. So even though it may not look like they're doing "schoolwork," they're actually gaining important skills that will serve them well both academically and in life.

Take time off when you need it.
It's OK to take a mental health day every now and then. In fact, it's essential for both you and your kids. When you're feeling overwhelmed or burned out, take some time off from homeschooling. Go for a walk, read a book, or just spend some time cuddling on the couch with your kiddos. This will help you recharge your batteries so that you can be more mentally and physically available to your kids when you homeschool.

So, if you find yourself feeling burnt out, don't worry. It happens to all of us at one time or another. Just take some time off and spend it playing with your kids. They'll love it, and you'll both benefit from the break!

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