Homeschooling your child or children while working full-time can be a challenging task for novice as well as veteran homeschooling parents. A common question from those who aspire to work and homeschool is, “How do you do it?”
Although the question may seem simple enough, there is no simple answer.
I often take the time to contemplate the question, because when asked, my answer always begins with, “I just find a way to get it done…” I know, that’s not the most informative answer, but given my jam-packed schedule, I try to construct my elaboration carefully. After all, my goal is to inspire, encourage, and motivate… not to scare parents off.
Here are some tips that have been deemed helpful during our homeschooling experience:
- Manage your time wisely: Time management is critical to your success. If you are like me, you are juggling many things in addition to homeschooling. Look at your schedule ahead of time, and map out the time dedicated to homeschooling first. Consider homeschooling your top priority, and schedule everything else around it.
- Ask for help: When you encounter scheduling conflicts, ask your significant other, a loved one, or another homeschooling parent to assist with homeschooling while you are away.
- Make friends: The homeschooling community is full of families who are willing to support you through the challenging times. Utilize them. It’s highly likely that someone has been through a similar experience. Homeschooling families also have a wealth of ideas and access to resources that may help you with your homeschooling challenges and endeavors.
- Enjoy the experience: Homeschooling is FUN! Don’t make it a job! If you feel yourself losing your passion for homeschooling, take a break, hug your child, and schedule a field trip! Remember why you are homeschooling in the first place.
- Experiment: The best thing about homeschooling is that you can do it whenever you wish. Don’t be afraid to shift things around when you need to. Some homeschooling parents homeschool in the evenings, on the weekends, early in the morning, or on specific days.
- Stick with what works: If it works for you and your child, stick with it. Remember that you make the rules.
- Join a co-op or join several co-ops: Co-op groups are an excellent way to lighten the load for the working parent. There is also a variety to choose from. Some are academic, others schedule regular field trips and play dates, etc…
- Motivate your child: The purpose of homeschooling is ultimately to give your child an enjoyable learning experience. Continue to motivate your child, and be creative! Your child won’t forget, and he or she will be willing to adjust to modifications made to their homeschooling plans.
- Be honest: Inform your child of any changes made to his or her “typical” homeschool day. Some children get upset when their routines are changed without their knowledge. Next, ask for their input or ideas. Your child will feel that his or her contribution is valued, and he or she will feel empowered and more likely to cooperate.
How do you make it work?
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