Our finances are just too tight to get by on one income anymore, how in the world can I work AND homeschool my children?
It’s a question plaguing many families today, as the economy continues to flounder and the cost of homeschooling is not always cheap. Historically, homeschooling families consisted of a Dad who worked full-time, and a stay-at-home Mom who would handle the schooling, organization, and household chores. However, we know that life doesn’t always work out that smoothly!
Many moms are feeling both the pinch of finances, and the guilt that comes with the thought of them working. How can they possibly provide an adequate education and organized family life if they have to be working in between?
The most important thing to remember is the flexibility that homeschooling will allow your family. It may take some experimentation to figure out how things work most efficiently, but it certainly can be done! Remember, homeschooling does not have to take place during traditional school hours. Some families homeschool their children during the morning and afternoon hours, and some during afternoons and evenings, while others may teach in the evenings and on the weekends.
Suggestions for Working Homeschool Parents
Some homeschooling moms and dads give music lessons, tutor math, transcribe medical reports, answer customer service inquiries, run a daycare, and write articles from home, in others’ homes, or in an office or other place of business. Some also try other forms of fund-raising, including crafts and baking, which can be promoted online and through your community. Many single mothers (and dads) get homeschooling help from family, friends, and child care providers.
There are also families whose children are mature and motivated enough to focus on their studies while their parents are working. Parents may ask a neighbor or family member to check in with the children, or the parents themselves may call periodically to see how the children are doing. However, you should check on your state laws, because in certain states you cannot legally leave a child alone until they reach a certain age. Also – be sure to fully assess the maturity of your child before deciding on this option.
Making it Work
Remember that you are not alone. There are MANY dual-income homeschool families, and there are tons of resources available to them and to you.
Homeschool Mom Anne Elliot sums it up with this eloquent quote:
“I know that there are NO easy answers to many of the struggles we face when we try to juggle too much. Yet for many of us, simple economics require that we help our husbands in this way. So, we figure God is going to give us the strength we need, day by day by day.”