Homeschooling working momHomeschooling is hard.  Being a working mom is hard.  Being a homeschooling-work-outside-the-home-mom is exhausting!  But it can be done, and it can be done well with lots of planning and creativity.

SUPPORT:

If you’re a work-outside-the-home-mom and considering homeschooling, the first question you’re probably asking yourself, is what to do with your children while  at work?  Family.  If you’re fortunate to live near family, ask if they are willing and able to help while you’re away.

Another option is to find a nanny who is qualified to supervise/guide your children while you’re at work. I researched homeschooling nannies out of curiosity and found there are some companies who  provide this service.  In centuries past, a nanny was more commonly known as a “governess“. Of course, this option depends on your personal financial situation.

It will take some planning with either of these options.  A schedule and lessons will need to be prepared for each day. Remember to check your State’s laws regarding what you can do, cannot do, and are required to do.

OLDER CHILDREN:

Older children who are responsible, capable and need little to no supervision can manage on their own for a few hours to complete their assignments. But, with any minor child, there should be rules for their safety while you’re away.  For instance, you may want to make a no going outside rule, a no opening the door rule, no friends over rule. If you don’t have a security system on your house, you may want to consider it for added safety.

TAKE KIDS TO WORK:

Do you own a business?  Why not take the kids to work with you?  Create a space specifically for a “classroom” that will be near you and safe from any harm.  Make a comfy area for reading, doing school work, and creativity.  Provide a computer for their use only, especially if you use an online curriculum as part of your home education.

This is not a new concept.  In early America, children were included in almost every area of their parents’ daily lives.  If the parents owned a business, it was not unusual for the children to be nearby helping out in the “store”.  We have gotten away for the idea due to so much liability.  But if you own your business you can ensure their safety. Again, remember to check State laws and in this case,  your insurance policy.

 ONLINE CURRICULUM:

Another option to successfully homeschool, is online curriculum.  There are many, many options such as Alpha Omega, Liberty University, and Time 4 Learning.  There are also some private (and public) schools that offer online learning.  It’s just a matter of choosing which program is best for your family.

Homeschooling is a life changing decision, not only for you, but the family as a whole.  The decision should be made by the family.  Boundaries, guidelines, planning and scheduling need to be set to ensure success and everyone involved needs know what is expected. However, homeschooling should have the flexibility to ebb and flow with life’s ever changing pace.  Flexibility is one of the keys to homeschooling, and let’s face it, what working mom (or any mom) doesn’t wish for flexibility!


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5 Responses to Homeschooling and the Working Mom

  1. Judith says:

    Hi Marsha! I’ve never stopped by your blog before. You have a nice post about homeschooling that clearly lays out the options when you work outside of the home. I homeschooled our children for over 25 years but I was able to quit my 11-7am job before starting. It was a huge stretch financially but it was also a blessing for us. I know that isn’t always possible and so your post will be so helpful for many moms looking for ways to make it work in their situation. It wouldn’t be easy and you are right about the need to be organized.

    • Marsha says:

      Hi Judith, you are correct when you say home schooling and working is not an easy task.I was fortunate enough for a very short period of time to both home school and work outside the home when my child was much younger. It made for long days, but I am thankful for every precious moment.

  2. Leslie says:

    I have several working friends who homeschool. Thanks for putting together this resource. It’s much needed! We would love for you to link up this post with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=830

  3. Betty says:

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop