Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:16 am
Mustang480 wrote:I am a single working mom (I work from home) and have just been having trouble adjusting to work and homeschooling and getting everything to fit etc. Any suggestions are appreciated.
I do not know your financial situation but if you could, hire someone a couple hours a day so you can work and not have to be continually pulled by the kids (or maybe a grandma type person from your church that would volunteer). I also have a home business and know that If I do not shut the door for an hour of uninterrupted time nothing work-wise gets done (that's why the suggestion on the hiring someone).
It takes a while to get used to working and homeschooling. I find that the day's I work that sometimes I have to put something to the next day because I can not fit it in.
Planning is very important. I have to really think about my day and what needs to get done on the days I work. So I put off some things like cleaning the house for days I do not work.
Way to go on all you're doing.
Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:08 pm
ElinLarson wrote:Has anyone else had to work through this "working and HSing" problem, with day care, etc.? We don't have any other kids and work out of our home, so keeping him at home all day is not an option (he doesn't particularly like being by himself all the time).
I have a home business, work a part time job, and homeschool. We use mfw 1. It definitely can be done. I work mostly opposite my wife. But we do have 2 or 3 hours (2 to 3 days each week) that we need child care. Due to the special high needs of our dc we have a college student or an older couple from our church come to our house to watch the girls, or even if they did not have special needs we probably would still want our children home.
I must say the days I work the only things that get done are school and work. I have to save housecleaning, extra cooking , or whatever for days I do not work.
Could you and your husband do the business opposite from each other, like one work the morning the other work the afternoon or some other way? That way the parent not working can be with dc. Or how about including your child in the busness? Are there things he can do to help? My daughter puts stickers on the back of the books I sell for me and sometimes I take her with me to shows and stuff (children's books and others see how much she enjoys them). Even though he is young there might be things your son could help with. My daughter has helped me since she was 4 from time to time.
Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:20 pm
I work 20-30 hours a week, have 2 special needs children, and homeschool. Up until this week we have at least 4 appointments a week. Being able to work and homeschool depends somewhat on when and how much you work. I usually work 3-10 or 4-9PM and have a least one shift on the weekend. In order to do this you have to be organized.
You children have to do chores (to help keep you sane and the house somewhat clean). On the days that I work the house is definitely much messier. On the days I work I focus on homeschool first over everything else.
Other things that help: Make a menu and shopping list from that menu so that you do not have to think about "what are we going to eat", Be creative you do not have to do school just in the morning, How can dh help out (do read alouds, math, history, science) whatever way is helpful.
Believe me it is not easy to do but with prayer, help from dh, friends, and family, you can do it as long as you feel God is calling you to this.