Balancing Homeschooling & Working
Have you been thinking about homeschooling due to the recent options offered by your school district but feel like you can’t due to financial strain?
I hear this all the time. I get comments about the feeling of inability to teach their children and bring in an income.
I have a secret for you.
Are you listening?
I’ve been working for myself for years. I haven’t been in a corporate environment in years. I made enough last year that my husband was able to quit his job and work with me. We traveled the country together.
The truth is, you can honestly have it all.
You can provide a solid education to your children that has your values.
You can work for yourself using the skills you’ve acquired which means working on your own time.
I have friends making 6-figures a year working less than 20 hours a week.
What I’m saying is that God honestly has provided the family a way to stay completely in tact and not be subject to the educational indoctrination that we see and still have a comfortable life.
The trick is, you have to find a balance. There has to be some hard boundaries in order to make it work.
Whenever I map out my weeks, I put family time in first. Time with family and time with God are my number one priority.
Next, I throw in the things that need to be done around the house. I have a planner with a daily housekeeping checklist in it so I can ensure the home is clean and tidy every day.
I also then put in the times I’m going to relax. I used to be all work and barely any relaxation time but that doesn’t work.
Once all is said and done, I only have three days left in my schedule to work.
That’s all there is to it.
I work Monday on my Membership for Christian mamas who want to stay home and thrive at home.
Tuesday we spend the day together as a family. I hit school a little harder on Tuesday.
Wednesday I do any client work I have. I still do some freelance copywriting and now I mostly coach women and couple’s on how to keep an enteral perspective in their marriage.
Thursday I do all my marketing activities.
Friday-Sunday, I’m off again. No laptop touching required.
What I’m trying to say is it is entirely possible.
My kiddos go to school about an hour and a half to two hours per day. We get all the subjects in.
Public school will make you believe you need 6-8 hours per day to have an impact on your kids but that isn’t true.
Public school is teaching one thing to 25 children at once. There’s no real time for individual attention so the school must go slower and repeat a ton of information to ensure everyone “gets it.”
When you’re homeschooling, you can cut the fluff out and ensure your child understands a concept before moving on. There’s no need to spend a week on one concept if they master it by Tuesday. That’s the beauty of being home.
Plus, there’s no forced art projects and playing the recorder. My 8-year old is learning the bass and loves to draw and build robots. That takes care of STEM, art and music. Meanwhile my 6-year-old is learning drums and piano and builds a ton of things for us.
Don’t let traditional education systems fool you into thinking you can’t do it because you need HOURS a day and have an insane amount of material to cover. I promise, you do not.
We use a mixture of materials. We use Masterbooks for Science, Social Studies and some ELA. We also use Ray’s Arithmetic for math (free online since it’s from the 1800’s) and then we use the McGuffey Readers. Also free online.
I noticed a huge increase in their math and reading abilities when we switched to the 1800’s style of teaching. Plus, they go up to Calculus and 12th grade level reading so we can use them for the duration of their education for free.
If you create a schedule for yourself, I promise things get easier.
You can do this.
You are capable
If you’re thinking about homeschooling and staying home full time check out this free video series on how to know this is for you and then how to have that conversation with your spouse.
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