This is one of those thoughts that has run through my head through the years.
Can you work outside the home and still homeschool?
For sure I thought, “now way!”. But I’ve been proven wrong.
Just as there is no one way to homeschool there is no one way to accommodate a job and your homeschooling needs.
The key is to figure out how you and your family can best do it.
Here’s how I discovered if I could do it….
My daughter was about 6 months old. I had gone back to work to cover for a coworker for a week. My mother took care of my daughter during the day. By the time I arrived home in the early evening I was exhausted. I wondered how working mothers did it. How did they muster enough energy to take care of home and work? Coffee? Vitamins? Who knew. At the time it didn’t really dawn on me to try for a job closer to home or even in the home. I was working across state lines with about a 2 hour commute, each way, away!
Next up came homeschooling. Could it be that some mothers are able to homeschool while also working outside the home? This made my head hurt. How could it be? Where do you find the time? How does this work. Help me understand please!
Well I hit up a few friends and they shared how they make it work. It works and it can work quite well.
Carol blog at Home Sweet Life . She’s devoted a new series to discussing how she makes working outside the home and homeschooling work. If this is something you’re considering read her series. It can help you walk through the decision process of is this for you.
Barbie at Whispers of Grace shares a day in her homeschooling and full time working day. She’s jotted down her organized schedule and some of her pre-planning tips just for us.
Annette at A Net in Time Schooling shares her whys for starting a home based business and her tips for how she finds many opportunities to get in some homeschool lessons from the life lessons learned on the job.
Dawn at Guiding Light Homeschool shares how she went from working fulltime, to working part time to coming home for good and the things that transpired to bring her to this decision.
And finally Misty at Joy in the Journey has an eye opening post that shows that even if you work at home, if you’re not careful, it can be as though you weren’t home at all.
I love the insight these ladies share. And hope that it can help you decide if working outside the home while homeschooling can be accomplished in your home.
I’m not the only one one with tips to share. Here’s today’s list of fellow Schoolhouse Review Crew members sharing their tips for Homeschooling Parents.
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Latonya @ Joy in the Ordinary
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Megan @ My Full Heart
Melanie (Wren) @ finchnwren
Melissa @ Mom’s Plans