Working from home and homeschooling is hard, I am not even gonna try to lie about that. It is stressful, frustrating, and hard to balance. But it can be done and the payoff is immeasurable- Being with your kids, educating them, AND bringing in an income for your family. I am not claiming to be any kind of expert and am often reduced to a screaming shrew by the stress of juggling it all at home, with barely any breaks- I have discovered a few things that work when I am consistent with them that make it easier.
Create a Homeschool&Work at Home Schedule That Works
- #1 is obviously t0 Create a schedule- Sometimes this is easier said than done, we are not overly scheduled people. My husband works various hours and we may take off mid morning to go bowling, or we may spend a day making up missed work. BUT when I stick to a routine I found things work much better for homeschool and working at home. Decide what hours of the day you will homeschool and what hours are for work.
Now to make it work….
- Be consistent- If I am not firm with the rules and let the kids constantly interrupt my work time with unimportant questions, requests, and knock knock jokes then I get behind, then I am often trying to work when we are schooling and the kids are not getting my full attention. Or I am staying up late finishing work and then the next morning I am a grumpy momma trying to homeschool when I have burned up all my energy already.
- Establish quiet time- This will help a lot with being consistent in enforcing your work/homeschool time blocks. Send the kids to their room without technology. Let them read, play games quietly,play with LEGO, etc… This will give you time for you or to get other things done.
- Utilize technology- When you need to have a little quiet time for yourself or to take a phone call this is the time to break out the tablets for the kids and let them play some mindless but fun games to keep them occupied for a bit.
- Hire a sitter/ family- If your hubby is able to help, great, but if he has a demanding job and gets very little downtime and isn’t able to relieve you to get away then consider hiring a sitter once a week or a few hours so you can get away for some work time. Sometimes it helps me be more productive to get out of the house and take my computer somewhere with wifi. My favorite is sipping an iced coffee with a pastry at Panera while I tap out some work on the laptop.
- Avoid Social Media- This is a major time sapper and one thing I am totally guilty of getting sucked into. Facebook and Pinterest are fun and entertaining but they take you away from productive work, homeschool hours, and family time.
- Teach them responsibility- The more I make the kids take charge of their own homeschool lessons, chores, and other jobs around the house the smoother the day goes for us all. You are only one person and you can’t do it all so make everyone (even dad)help out in various ways.
- Feed your soul- Prayer, Bible study, me time, coffee dates with friends…. You will burn out fast and hard if you do nothing but work and teach homeschool, make sue you leave time in your schedule for you. You must be sure to fill your own cup so you have some left to pour out on others.
Need more planning and scheduling tips? Check out theses posts…
7 Reasons Why Your Homeschool Schedule Doesn’t Work – Monique at Living Life and Learning
The Ultimate List of Free Quality Homeschool Planners– Schooling a Monkey
When Your Home school Plan Collapses-KT Brison at Lit Mama Homeschool
Homeschooling Bullet Journal– Stephanie Rose at Little Blog in the Country
Homeschool Planning When You Have To Work–– Amy Lanham / Life as Lanhams
When the school bus looks tempting: making peace with your busy schedule – Ginny Kochis/Not So Formulaic
Our Homeschool Schedule & Rotations – Faith Filled Parenting
Homeschool Planning 101: First, Answer 2 Qs – Diane Lockman (The Classical Scholar)
What does your homeschool schedule look like? – Betsy at Family Style Schooling
Our 2016-17 Homeschooling Schedule & Curriculum – Jenny at Faith and Good Works
Creating a Homeschool & Work at Home Schedule That Works- Jody Smith/Simply Southern Sunshine
Finding Perfect Homeschool Planner for YOU – Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker
Homeschool Planning When Traveling – Stacy at Three Busy Bees