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How to Work Full Time and Homeschool

Can you work full time and homeschool? Yes! We are sharing a few tips to help you homeschool and work full time. 

Are you a parent who works a full-time job, but dreams of a homeschooled education for your child? You may be thinking that it is impossible to work full time and also provide your child with a one on one homeschool education. However, with some flexibility on everyone’s part, it is definitely possible. Many parents work and homeschool, here are some ways that they have already made it happen.

 

Create Your Own Schedule

Most people are used to school weeks starting on Monday and ending on Friday, with classes usually starting in the morning and ending in the afternoon. When you are homeschooling, you get to decide when to have school. If you work early in the day, simply start your curriculum after work. If you have weekends off, utilize those days and teach on weekends, while choosing other days during the week to give your child a couple of days off.

 

Work Opposite Schedules

Another issue for working parents is how to handle childcare when homeschooling. This is not much of an issue for those who attend public or private schools because more times than not, the children are in school while the parents work. Obviously, with homeschooling, you will not be shipping your child off every day, so one way to get around the childcare issue is to work opposite schedules than your spouse. This will allow one of you to be home to care for the kids and you can also both take part in homeschooling as well.

 

Consider a New Job

For some people, homeschooling is the utmost priority. You have to make sacrifices as a parent. If you are not completely in love with your job a new job with a more flexible schedule can help a lot. Why not find something new that gives you a more flexible schedule? This option obviously is not suitable for everyone, but it is something to consider if you have a strong desire to homeschool. Sometimes making a big life change is the best thing for everyone involved.

 

Working full time and homeschooling at the same is possible. By using these tips, you can make the best decisions for your family. The great thing about homeschooling is that everyone’s homeschool journey is different. You can always try it and if it doesn’t work, change things up. Trial and error work well with homeschooling.


Misty Bailey loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free email series for those struggling with homeschool planning.  She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Can you work full time and homeschool? Yes! We are sharing a few tips to help you homeschool and work full time.

Homeschooling is a Lifestyle Choice

When I first began homeschooling I had no idea how quickly I would become passionate about it. Homeschooling has turned into a way of life. I am sure the same can be said for many of you. Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice. NOT just an education choice.

Learning Happens Anytime

With homeschooling, you don’t learn at set times every day. Learning literally becomes a way of life. You may have set times for book work, but in reality, your children are learning all day long, no matter where you are.

How many times have you gone on vacation and thought “oh, this could count as school!” Or while you were on the way to your destination thought of places you could stop along the way where the kids could learn? I know I have!

As homeschool parents, we see moments that maybe others don’t. We see learning opportunities that can happen anytime, not just in the classroom. Homeschooling essentially becomes part of our lives and learning while living happens.

Homeschooling Affects Your Day to Day Activities

As a homeschooling family, my kids are with me every day. Now, I will say this gets easier as the kids get older, but I really had NO idea how much homeschooling would affect my day to day activities. Think about it, a stay at home mom whose kids go to school means that she will at some point have child free time. That does not happen in homeschooling families!

This means that there are no errands ran childless, this includes doctor’s appointments MOST of the time! I have little to no “free” time, and laundry, dishes, and other household tasks are done with kids underfoot.

This also means that I have LESS time for errands, cleaning, volunteering, or really anything else. Why? Because we have to get school done. Homeschooling in itself is a full time job, add in other tasks that need to be completed and you are more than full time. If you work from home like I do, that adds even more to your schedule.

As a homeschool parent, homeschooling will affect our day to day activities. It requires time, patience, and again time! This means there will be less time for other things that may need to be done.

Homeschooling Becomes a Way of Life

For us, homeschooling has become a way of life. It is as natural as parenting really. Because we are around our children all the time, we are the ones they come to with questions. We are the ones who disciple them, train them, and nurture them. We are the ones who teach them about life, what is happening in the news, their ABC’s their 123’s and the birds and the bees ! Homeschooling happens while we live our lives, and it essentially becomes a way of life.

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It requires time, patience, discipline, and the willingness to change.  Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice and one I am glad we made!

When you make the decision to homeschool, you are making a decision to change your life. Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice, and one that you won't regret!


Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

How to Create Independent Learners

Creating independent learners takes time, encouragement, and hard work. But, as our children grow they need to be able to work and learn independently. Independent learning is an important skill and one that will benefit them for a lifetime.

As homeschool parents, we are responsible for our children’s education. We take on that responsibility oftentimes when our children are young. By the time they reach middle school we are educating younger siblings and may be getting overwhelmed with the responsibility of educating so many different grades.
At this point, it may be time to start easing our children into independent learning.  This is an important thing for our children to learn. Independent learning can help them learn responsibility, prepare them for college, and helps them truly engage in the material.

But how can we create independent learners?

Model it

If there is something you don’t know, what do you do? You learn it right? That is what your children need to learn to do as well. Model independent learning. Let them see you learn a new skill, study, or take a course.

Modeling learning for our children is important. As they grow, they need to know that the learning doesn’t stop. We are all learning something every day; the key is learning something that will be of value to us moving forward.

Encourage it

From a young age, our children are learning and asking questions. If they don’t know the answer to something, encourage them to seek the answer out. This can be done by researching the web, heading to the library, or browsing through a book.

Encourage independent learning at a young age. This may require your help at first, but eventually, your child will know how to look things up themselves and will understand the importance of researching an unknown topic.

Embrace it

This is a hard one! As homeschool parents we are used to being with our children, learning alongside them, and teaching the material. There may come a point where we don’t feel “needed”. Believe me, we are still needed! But, we also need to embrace the fact that our children are growing up, and need to be able to learn independently. When this time comes embrace it! You are moving into a new season, you have done your job, and you have done it well!

Creating independent learners takes time, encouragement, and hard work. But, as our children grow they need to be able to work and learn independently. Independent learning is an important skill and one that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Creating independent learners takes time, encouragement, and hard work. But, as our children grow they need to be able to work and learn independently. Independent learning is an important skill, and one that will benefit them for a lifetime.


Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Why You’re Behind in Homeschooling

 Every homeschool mom feels behind in homeschooling sometimes. We stress ourselves out, wonder what the problem is, and struggle to keep up. I believe there are 2 leading factors in the behind mentality, and both can be fixed today!

Do you ever feel like you’re behind in homeschooling?

Like everyone else is farther along than you?
Like your child is NEVER going to learn                                    ?

Me too! I think every homeschool mom feels behind in homeschooling sometimes. We stress ourselves out, wonder what the problem is, and struggle to keep up.

I believe there are 2 leading factors in the behind mentality, and both can be fixed today!

We Compare

The biggest factor in the “I’m behind” mentality is the comparison trap. We compare our kids learning capabilities to someone else’s. We compare our curriculum, our school schedule, and our teaching methods. Because of this, we just know that so and so is farther along than us.

It needs to stop!

Everyone’s children learn at a different rate. Everyone’s school day will look different. Homeschooling is not a one size fits all approach. We all need to teach our own ways, and we need to let our children learn at their own pace.

Comparison should not be a part of your daily routine ;)

We are TOO Busy

After comparison the next factor in the “I’m behind” mentality is busyness. We spend so much time running from activity to activity that we don’t have time to even “do school”.

We have co-op

And art class

Piano lessons

And soccer

And honestly, school just doesn’t happen that often. This busyness hurts our children and it makes us frazzled mommas.  If this is you, I highly recommend you take a good long look at your schedule. If the school is rarely getting done it is time to cut some of the activities out. I am a HUGE fan of socialization (for kids and moms) but running yourself ragged and constantly feeling behind is a season none of us should spend a lot of time in.

Now, we all have seasons of busyness. Seasons where doctors appointments, family commitments, and REAL obligations get in the way of school. These are SEASONS they are not our daily life. When these seasons hit I recommend you stop most subjects and just get in the basics. Switch to a curriculum that can be taken on the go. Find an independent curriculum that requires minimal teacher involvement. This season will pass and when it does, you will be able to get back into your normal school routine.  

Why Are You “Behind?”

If you are feeling behind all the time figure out which of the above scenarios fit WHY you feel this way. Then, make an effort to fix it. If it’s the comparison trap CHOOSE to see the learning going on in your own home, not your friends ;) If it is busyness make a diligent effort to find a way to get the school in. None of us want to be frazzled moms constantly fretting over how well our kids are doing, so let’s make the choice to STOP!

 Every homeschool mom feels behind in homeschooling sometimes. We stress ourselves out, wonder what the problem is, and struggle to keep up. I believe there are 2 leading factors in the behind mentality, and both can be fixed today!


Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

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