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As moms (and dads) we have to make choices in our daily activities. What will we do on a given is influenced by a variety of factors in our lives. What our families are engaged in, the weather, commitments we have made, and more. When we work as well as homeschool, sometimes making it all fit together relatively smoothly can be a challenge.
I’ve talked in the past about how you balance work with homeschooling, giving you a snap shot of a week in my life. Today I would rather focus on how you make it work for you. Steps that you can take to cut out a life that is workable for you and your family.
Hubby often asks me “what are your plans for the day?” That simple question helps me to prioritize my day. It brings to mind the most important event of the day whether that be a dinner out, a mystery shop to do, a doctor’s appointment to keep or an afternoon at the library getting blog posts and/or reviews written.
Not everyone has a helpful hubby though, or perhaps they’d rather not depend on their spouse that way. 🙂 That’s where planners and schedulers can be a person’s best friend. Even with my hubby’s help, I rely on google calendar to help me track distant events.
Once you know the main event you can then plan around it, making room for family and health concerns and allowing room for work and play.
On SchoolhouseTeachers.com you can find a variety of planners to assist you. Planners for highschool and mom, as well as schedule makers, calendars, record-keeping and more.
Remember that work is work
I know, it seems weird to say that. One of things I’ve learned is, if I don’t remember that work is work I can put it off or not treat it with the importance that I should.
Do you ever have that? Especially if your work is home-based. That need to remember you have a job that actually NEEDS to get done. Yes, the freedom of working from home means you have that freedom to work around family needs. BUT you still have a job right? 🙂
You are presumably being paid to do it, so you aught to therefore, treat it like it is important.
Family time is important
Whether you work or out of the home spending with our families is important. Adding homeschooling to the mix, particularly if you have littles, and it can be difficult. I remember well the busyness of my lad, learning how to include him so that I could get my paid work done.
Yet it is ever so important to maintain your family time. This time of bonding, and building bridges forms foundational skills for a lifetime of working with and living with others. It also teaches your children that life isn’t just about work, but also about maintaining family connections as well.
Important items to remember
- School at home doesn’t take as long as school at well… school. 🙂 Teaching smaller classes makes the teaching time shorter.
- Work doesn’t have to happen 9-5. It can happen anytime, and get this… so can school!
- Other people can teach your children as well. Tutors, online classes, in person classes, the sky’s the limit!
- You can find your individual way to homeschool. There are many different ways to educate your children, so you don’t have to copy your neighbour. You can find your own effective way.
- Creativity and good planning can make anything happen.
- Remember, unless you are a single parent, you have a spouse who can help you educate your children as well. Use them! 🙂