Whether you’re a new homeschooler or still finding a balance while homeschooling, Time 4 Learning has some helpful tips for work-at-home homeschooling parents.
Becoming a full time homeschooling mom didn’t change my desire to use my talents and skills in the professional world. It took more time than I hoped to pin down a stay-at-home position, but eventually it came, and I have been both a work at home mom (WAHM) and a homeschooling mom ever since. I’ve learned several things along the way that have helped.
1. It’s all in the curriculum. You can be a parent who creates all your own curriculum OR you can be a work-at-home mom/dad, but you simply cannot do both. Finding a curriculum that lets your children work at least somewhat independently is crucial to finding balance. Our family uses Time4Learning because all of the lesson planning, testing, and record-keeping are done for you on the computer, freeing up valuable time for other important things.
2. Get with the program. And by program, I mean the schedule. This working-homeschooling combo depends on setting out your day into some sort of timetable.Time4Learning‘s activity scheduler allows parents to map out plans and help nail down a routine that fits your busy lifestyle. You can plan out your entire year or take it week by week.
3. Delegate. Your children can work independently with Time4Learning and save questions for you when you are available but they can also ask another family member. Everyone wants to be supermom, but no one has yet received the golden tiara and spandex. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have family supporting you in your goal of working at home and homeschooling, jump up and down and celebrate!
4. Talk with your family about your goals. My boys used to have this habit of getting into their worst arguments when I sat down to get some work done. One day, I sat them down and explained that in order to help contribute to the family income and homeschool them, I had made the choice to work at home. Believe it or not, this tactic worked. The boys started solving their own squabbles during my work time, and saving their meltdowns for when I was available. Go figure!
5. Schedule time for yourself. This one seems the most impossible. You may can already feel guilty for splitting your time between your kids and your work. But that pressure and guilt are the exact reasons why you need to schedule time for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll discover that neither your kids nor your work are getting the best of your endeavors.
If you’ve been thinking about working at home and homeschooling, maybe it is time to take the plunge. Believe in yourself, spend time researching your options, talk it over with your family, and then go for it! Sign up today and let Time4Learning help you with your teaching, scheduling, and reporting.
There you have it. What are your tips for balancing homeschool, work, and being a parent?
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