The Working Homeschool Mom
Many families need 2 incomes to pay their bills and live well. This can be a challenge for homeschooling families, especially with young children. There are ways that you can successfully work from home and homeschool. You might even find that you simply want to work from home and homeschool!
MANY families out there are doing it successfully & you can too!
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There are 2 types of work from home jobs:
- Jobs with Flexible Hours
- Jobs with Traditional Hours
These will require different approaches to managing your time as you work from home and homeschool.
Jobs with Flexible Hours
If you have a flexible job or run your own business and can set your own hours, then it’s best to work around your kids’ schedule.
Good times to get work done:
- In the morning before the kids are awake
- At nap time
- In the evening after the kids go to bed
Those are the main times when homeschooling moms can get work done.
It’s also important for kids to learn to entertain themselves and play independently. Building in an independent play time into your daily routine is a great idea, and gives you another designated time to get work done.
Some independent activities that kids can do on their own:
- Kinetic Sand
- Kinetic Rock
- Looking at Books
- Listening to audiobooks
- Listening to podcasts
- Playing with train tracks
- Playing in a fenced yard
- Action figures
- Activity books
There are so many things that kids can play independently.
Another great time for moms to work is when kids are playing games on a tablet or watching TV. There’s nothing wrong with letting kids enjoy technology. In fact, they can learn a lot while utilizing technology, and it keeps most kids fully engaged so you can get time to work.
I utilize all of these methods in order to get time to work. I wake up about an hour before my kids do, and I’m able to fit in about 1-2 hours of work during the day while they have independent play and tech time. Then I work for another 3 hours in the evening after they have gone to bed. I’m able to get everything done that I need to between my 2 businesses.
Jobs with Traditional Hours
There are work from home jobs that require traditional work hours. This is more difficult to maintain with younger kids. You have to be able to care for them even during work hours.
How to manage traditional 9-5 Hours and homeschool:
- Hiring a nanny or mother’s helper during some or all work hours
- Accomplish homeschooling during early morning or evening hours
- Utilize online classes for kids
- Hire another homeschool family to help you out
How to Work from Home Successfully
Make a Schedule
If you want to be successful at both homeschooling and working then you must have a solid schedule or routine in place. You need to create both a homeschool schedule and a work schedule for yourself.
I also highly recommend using your mornings strategically by creating a personalized homeschool mom morning routine.
Organize Your Home and Life
Staying organized is so important to being productive and sticking with your schedule! Get your home in order, especially all your homeschool supplies.
Organizing your stuff is just the start. You also need to organize your life. Get a handle on your commitments and responsibilities. Know your priorities and goals.
Especially for homeschool moms that are working toward building their own businesses, it is so important to set goals! Really everyone needs to be setting goals though. You need to be thinking about both the BIG Wild Dreams you have and the small measurable goals that will get you there!
These goals will be your driving force that keeps you going and working even when it’s hard.
You must be consistent with your schedule, stay organized, and continually pursue your goals. This consistency will help you succeed as a working and homeschooling mom!
Homeschooling and Working Takes Dedication
Working from home and homeschooling takes excellent time management and dedication. It’s not easy, but you CAN do it! Will you be busier? Yes, but you will likely also feel more fulfilled by doing a job that you love!
You Can Work from Home and Homeschool
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