Homeschooling takes work. If you’re wondering if you could possibly work and homeschool, yes- you can be a working homeschool mom!
Know Your Working Homeschool Mom Limits
Limits are a good thing. They work as boundaries to keep you from overwhelm. To understand your limits and set your boundaries, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I practicing good self-care?
- Do I choose foods that nourish my body?
- Would meal-prepping work for me or add extra stress?
- Do I have any “tells” that help me know when I’m approaching overwhelm?
- Am I losing my temper with my friends, family, or work associates?
- Do I need a certain amount of time in the morning to myself before I’m on for the day?
- Do I need a regular bedtime to support what I need to do each day?
- Am I allowing for enough off-time or playtime?
- Can I set boundaries for myself that I can provide to others and easily enforce?
- What are my employer’s expectations?
Allowing yourself the grace to say “yes” when you mean yes, and “no” when you mean no will provide you with a filter for creating limits.
Set Your Work Goals
With work comes expectations. What does your employer expect from you? If you work from home, what do your clients expect of you? What do you expect of yourself? What are your goals?
Adding to your own limits, note the following:
- What are my work hours?
- Do I have any nights or evenings I’m expected to work?
- Can I leave my work at work or will I be expected to work from home?
- Do I have help with my kids while I’m at work?
- Does the person who helps understand my homeschool plan?
Make Your Homeschool Plan
If you’re not sure where to start, I just want to say from the get-go, do not overwhelm yourself with this. Keep it simple.
If you can come up with 5 key things per student you’d like to cover for the year, you’ve got a solid big picture. You can add to the big picture in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you or your helper if you have one.
Things to consider:
- Where are we starting? How did we end the school year last year?
- What are the ages and grade levels of my students?
- What are the courses I would be comfortable teaching or delegated?
- Would I benefit from online, interactive homeschooling classes?
- What is my worldview? How does that weight my homeschooling choices?
- How many children am I homeschooling?
- Do we have to have traditional homeschool hours or do we have some flexibility with that?
- Do I have a homeschool method I’m committed to?
Just Get Started Homeschooling
The hardest thing to do is to just get started. Pick one subject, one goal, and just go for it.
We can help.
Need a like-minded tribe to journey with? Our Parent Equipping Membership is a great place to start and our Getting Started Homeschool Printable Planning packet was created to help you create a plan, write out your goals, and your vision while keeping your home and students on track. Download it free.
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