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.