Distractions while parents are trying to teach their children can be stressful and discouraging for homeschooling parents.
The presence of small children makes teaching especially painful at times as parents have to teach around nap and feeding times. When parents can't teach during these times, they might fall behind in the curriculum. This creates further stress.
Many extracurricular activities also create stress as parents must travel (sometimes long distances) to make the activity happen. When a parent committed to extracurricular activities (such as Dance, Music and Art), yet hadn't done their core activities (such as Maths and English), extracurricular activities often became an even bigger burden.
Encouragement, despite falling behind, can be gathered from homeschooling co-ops (places where many homeschooling extracurricular activities take place).
These co-ops can help parents with teaching core subjects and give encouragement to drowning home educators.
Extracurricular activities can also help parents with their stress as they see their children loving learning and relax as they notice their children making educational progress.
Social support was noted to be very powerful in countering stressors related to distractions and extras.