How Do You Homeschool and Work Full Time?

   

Do you work full time? You can still Homeschool-  and here is how!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had mothers say to me, “I really want to homeschool my children, but I can’t because I have to work full time.”

My response is always the same: “Yes, you can! I’ve worked full time while homeschooling my children and so can you!”

At this point, the ladies I’m speaking to usually raise their eyebrows with a look of disbelif and give me  the “well, maybe you can, but I can’t” reply.

I know it sounds impossible. How in the world can you work 40 hours a week outside of the home and still have time to properly educate your children while keeping the house somewhat clean, cooking and not to mention being a wife?

I will tell you up front, it’s not easy. It is overwhelming and it most definitely isn’t the ideal situation, but if homeschooling your children is important to you and God has called you to this lifestyle, it can and should be done.

If you’re wondering how you can homeschool while working full-time, consider these tips:

  • Look at your work schedule and determine when you could devote time to homeschooling.  If you work during the day Monday through Friday, you could have school on the weekends and in the evenings. If you work nights or evenings, you could have school during the day. You don’t have to have a traditional Monday-Friday mornings and early afternoon school schedule. When you’re a homeschooling mom, flexibility is your friend!
  • One of the biggest challenges to homeschooling while both you and your spouse work full time is finding child care. I highly suggest that if you want to homeschool, you and your spouse should work opposite schedules. Someone has to be home with the kids at all times, right?
  • Choose a curriculum that matches your needs. If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to putting lesson plans together yourself, find a curriculum that already does it for you. We use My Father’s World for this very reason. You could also choose an online or video-based curriculum.
  • If you are passionate about homeschooling, but know that it just is not feasible in your current job situation, consider finding a new job that will better accommodate a homeschooling schedule.
  • And most importantly, PRAY! Pray for God to reveal His vision for your life. If He is calling you to homeschool, He will make a way. You only have to be bold and obedient. I speak from experience when I tell you that He will provide paths where you never imagined and will open and close doors when you give Him the freedom to do so.

Are you still not convinced that you working and homeschooling would work for you? Email me at LifeofaHomeschoolMom@gmail.com and explain your situation. Chances are I’ve found myself in a very similar situation and together we’ll formulate a plan to make it work for you.

 

Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of LifeofaHomeschoolMom.com. She and her husband live in North Carolina where they homeschool their two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is so glad you’re visiting her blog today and hopes to connect with you!

Comments

  1. It is possible to homeschool while working full time. I already did it once, but had the help of a friend. Now, in the fall, I will be on my own homeschooling a 7th grader while working full time outside the home. My son will be alone a couple of days a week to work independently but other than that with family members. Say a prayer for me!

    • Heather Bowen says:

      Barbie- I’ll definitely be praying for you! You can do it!

    • I have 3 daughters & will be homeschooling only the middle one (after Cmas holidays) which happens to be a 7th grader too. I also work full time & will be doing same with her during day/ week. Just feels good to know I am not ONLY one out there!! The other two girls are in different schools and are thriving, but I know this is right choice for my middle schooler @ this point. Will def say a prayer over you & yours!!

  2. I currently run 3 businesses and homeschool 4 children! Anything is possible!

  3. I am a dentist and my hubby runs our small farm/cattle. We homeschool our 4 (12, 10, 7,and 4)children. Starting our 3rd year. It is doable. Takes some creativity and it is hard work, but very worth it.

    • That is amazing. I so want to homeschool my little boy but I am a single mum and have to work a couple of days a week. I don’t know what I can do with my little boy for those days?
      Regards, Julia from England

  4. I so want to home school and feel God directing me to do this. I am a single mum with little support. My son also needs friends. Any suggestions? I live in England. I could work two days a week although we would be quite poor but I don’t know what to do with Jacob for these two days. I contacted local child minders but they had very small children and didn’t think it would be fair. I home school on a Wednesday but my little boy attends school for four days. I did think of a flexi learning package but do not feel peace about this. Can anyone give some advice please?
    Many thanks God bless, Julia

  5. Edith Morrison says:

    I have two teenagers that I am homeschooling. One is self motivated and great. My 16 year old not so much. I don’t know what to do to get her to do her school work. I have tried bribery, threats, 1:1 conversations to include begging. I have just taken on a new job with the hours 8-4 but those vary as I am now a nursing unit manager. I am so frustrated I am considering sending her back to public school, but I worry about her associations d/t the fact she is easily influenced by peers and she struggles with learning in large classes. Any suggestions to a mom who is ready to throw in the towel?

  6. Angela McGeHee says:

    I started homeschooling my 9th grader in August of this year. This is my first time homeschooling. I am a single mom who works full-time. I am also going to school and have church items that we do. I have prayed about the timing of all of this and this is the season but I question if my daughter is getting what she needs. I question if I am doing the right thing. We have outside activities she participates in including participation in a homeschool Co-op. However, I don’t want my daughter to fall behind and not get all that she needs. She wants to go to college. I want to give her what she will need not just for her academic career but spiritually etc.
    I am seeking God’s wisdom on how to do all that I am doing and His way in doing what needs to get done. Also, I need His anointing to do this. I would sincerely appreciate prayers for us as we go through this journey and also advice.
    Blessings to you and yours!
    Angela

  7. Debra Zaragoza says:

    I am so glad I found your website! I am a full time public school teacher, and my 5th grade daughter is begging me to homeschool her. She currently attends a private Christian school, but has encountered conflicts with fellow students, and her grades are sliding. I have been thinking it would be impossible to homeschool her, BUT, her father is not currently working full time, AND we live in a duplex situation next door to my parents. I approached my husband and parents, expressed my daughter’s desire to homeschool, and they are very receptive to helping us achieve this goal. My husband and parents will help her some during the day, and I am going to help her with most of her learning in the evenings, on Saturdays, and during the summer months. It also helps that we will be using the same curriculum that she uses at her school. Praise God! It was so encouraging to read your blog and the responses of other readers, to know that I am not alone, and that it can be done!
    Debra 🙂

  8. Roshawnda White says:

    Ladies I want you to know how much this has blessed me. (shedding tears of joy and relief). To be honest I have never thought of homeschooling my children myself but have always thought it would be better for them. But because of my own fears, lack of patience, and lack of knowledge have shied away from it. My husband and I both work for the government (my husband is in the military and I work with soldiers dealing with mental health issues) and we have a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. Just recently I have been placed in a situation now that homeschooling is the best choice for my 6th grader and with this situation I have been forced to face my fears. You all have encouraged my so much and I am so thankful that I can across this post. Homeschooling is all new to me and never thought of any other way to do things than from the traditional school from 8-3. Thank you ladies again. Please say a little prayer for my family and I will definitely say a little prayer for yours as well.

  9. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for being so encouraging! My son will start kindergaden this year, and I never thought of homeschooling until the past 6 months. I work 32 hours a week, 3pm-1130pm. I keep praying about it and cannot stop thinking about it! I want to homeschool for several reasons, but mostly because I feel like I am suppose to. It can be discouraging because when I tell people that I’m thinking of it (even some of my friends who homeschool but dont work) they think it would be too much on my plate. I feel like it will be hard but that it can be done! Thanks again!

    • Hi, Cynthia! I definitely think that you can..and it sounds like you are being called, so you should homeschool. I will tell you that when I worked full-time outside the home and homeschooled, that 3p-11p was the easiest shift to do both effectively. We would have school before I went to work and I was still able to have some downtime before leaving. Keep in mind, you also have your days off that you can school…even if it is the weekend. Good luck!!

  10. I’m doing it. I’ve always been a stay at home, homeschooling mama, but after being abandoned by my husband, that left me to do everything for our 5 children. So now I took a job outside the home, and they let me work half of it from home so that I can still be here to homeschool my kids. It is definitely not easy, but if God calls you to do something, then He will help and provide. I’m finding that to be true again and again.

    Prayers and blessings to everyone who is called to do the same!

  11. Great message! We have 3 children and 1 on the way. and I am a 3rd grade teacher! We are blessed to be able to have my husband at home during the day with the little kids (the oldest goes to the school I teach for…for now). It is difficult to be consistent, but it is possible….choosing a pre-written curriculum for us was a MUST!
    This summer we will really be hitting it hard as our 6 year old will be turing 7 and things need to get a little more serious…but in reality, this has given us the opportunity to teach our son in an environment that worked for him.
    For now nights, weekends and summers are mine….day time/nap time are dad’s 🙂

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