Have you ever wondered how you can juggle homeschooling and working from home? I am happy to have Crystal from Sharing Life’s Moments share how she manages to do both.
As I look across the web, I see many other families are striving to homeschool their kids while working from home. Often times people wonder how we get it all done. There are many days when something falls through the cracks, but remarkably it does all get done. I decided to share with you my key ways of tackling everything I want to get done in a day/week while juggling homeschooling my kids and working from home too.
One of the chief ways that I get a vast majority of things off my list is practicing batch tasking. Batch tasking is when I do similar items at once for an extended period of time. This way our brains are already in the mindset to do these kinds of things at once.
Homeschooling My Kids
My kids are also trained to do their subjects one subject at a time until the complete set of concepts they need to know for the week are mastered. It’s much easier to learn a concept when you learn it from start to finish rather than taking it in chunks. Many people spend more time reviewing concepts repeatedly than they would if they were to teach the concept completely the first time around.
My kids also love to do long days for their homeschooling lessons. As a result, we are usually done with their school work by Wednesday evening PROVIDED we don’t have interruptions in our homeschool routines. My boys love to work 10 hour days and then one 5-hour day that way they are done within 3 days with their school work for the week. This provides them with four days a week to do whatever they see fit. (*I installed this concept in their heads from the time they were very little because I HAD to in order to ensure everything I needed to get done was able to be done.) This method has also helped with keeping them motivated to do their school work too.
My kids do a combination of independent work both online and offline. I have a long list of resources that I use to ensure they have the ability to learn their materials in many different ways. We use everything from textbooks, to online games, and workbooks/worksheets. We also use life as it is happening to teach them concepts.
I always have them teach me or someone else the things they are learning to ensure they fully know what they are doing. If they can’t teach it correctly, then they haven’t mastered the skills enough to move on. My kids are natural born leaders so they love the concept of teaching others what they know.
Working from Home
I’ve been working from home just as long as I’ve been homeschooling. I ensure the work that I take on is able to be done within very flexible time frames. I know I’ll be interrupted several times a day, and can’t afford to turn in work that isn’t fully done.
My blog is still in the baby stage and more like a hobby blog at this point. However, when it grows in status to what I had with my other blog then I’ll work on garnering sponsored posts for it more. I also have plans of creating courses to sell on the blog as well, but that requires a bit more time than I have free at this point in my life. However, once that course is completed I’ll be able to make passive income without putting much more effort into it.
Regardless, I do make time for my own personal blog in the late evenings and on the weekends. I also squeeze in small tasks in between the kids doing their work independently.Rome wasn't built in a day! How I juggle WAHM and #homeschooling! @SLM016 #ihsnet Click To Tweet
I make sure I make time for my family every day in some form or fashion beyond just teaching the kids and handling household chores. There are several nights a week that the kids and I will spend time together playing games, watching movies, or some other task. We have also been known to take off on some adventure locally for an entire day to just have fun several times a month.
My husband and I also have date nights at least twice a week where we spend quality time together without the kids. Despite the fact that we are in a house together almost 24/7, we don’t get the opportunity to spend much time together beyond our date night times. However, we do correspond with each other A LOT throughout the day.
The Trick to Getting It All Done
I do believe the trick to getting everything done in my world is having a family that works together. My kids all have their set of chores they are responsible for completing. My husband and I tag team with meal preparation. We both have meals we cook for the family. My oldest knows how to cook too, and there are many times when he cooks for the family while I’m working. There are also times when my oldest is literally teaching my youngest son his school work.
We work together like a well-oiled machine. However, it wasn’t always this way. There was an extended period of time that I drained myself of all energy to make working from home happen with a vengeance with no help from my husband. However, once he saw that I could bring him home from working long 16 hour days because I was making just as much if not more money than him, he quickly got on board with helping me to make my dreams a reality.
Even now to this day, if he sees I’m struggling with keeping it all going, he’ll step in and help out more. He loves being home with the family. It couldn’t have happened had we not installed in the kids that they have to pull their weight too.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but with proper training and guidance, a mother can have her cake and eat it too right from home.
How do you manage to juggle everything you do in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
About Crystal Green
She is an SC wife and homeschooling mother to three kids and a dog. She and her family strive to help you make the most of your moments on Sharing Life’s Moments through covering life tips and tricks, homeschooling, parenting, movie and book reviews, and soon to be blogging tips.
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