How do I school my children and keep up the housework? This question has long baffled homeschooling families for many years. In fact, this was recently asked in a homeschooling group by a family already homeschooling. Evidently, many are still trying to find the answer to how to manage many priorities that we have as families.
I understand the urgency of this question because this was a great concern for me, it dominated much of my conversation with a friend who was helping me put the pieces together to ensure I had what I needed before starting homeschooling.
After countless hours and phone calls, I was able to adjust my mindset to ensure success.
Several years on I am homeschooling three children while running a business from home. Managing the needs of the school and the company has been a challenge, but as a family, we work together to accomplish our goals. Every family is different, and the needs of each will vary, but I wanted to share some principles that we follow to ensure that both can thrive.
Having time to do each task is crucial to the success of homeschool and business. I am an organised person generally, but having to run a business and homeschool call for a different level of organisation.
I have set anchor for my days, which helped with ensuring the needs of the children are met and the business succeeds.
My anchors are worship times, meal times, and family time. Everyone knows these terms, and we all work together to ensure that we stay on schedule as much as possible. School is the first half of the day and work the second half, when the children are catching up on the task of doing a project.
We undertake household chores together; we all have a task, and the family members work together to ensure chores get done. The children have been trained all their lives to help. They have always had a unique, age-appropriate task to do.
I have a special day to wash and clean, and try to stay within these parameters. I use time as efficiently as I can, which helps me accomplish the task set for myself that day. I often batch cook meals and freeze; I also make dinner while making breakfast. Meal prep help saves time at the other end of the day.
As a busy family travelling, speaking, running a business, and homeschooling, life can be hectic; it is easy at these times to be focused on meeting deadlines and accomplishing a task, and miss out on good emotional connection with each other. For example, it can be easy to give a task to the children and not connect with them emotionally. We guard family time and special one on one time with the children. The individual moments ensure connection and send a message of love and acceptance.
Managing the needs of a family and business can be challenging; homeschooling adds another dimension that can sometimes be overwhelming. Take special times to relax, laugh, and play.