By: Krystle Crossman
Hillary Boucher and her husband run their own businesses out of their home. When they made the decision to home-school their children while running two businesses plus side jobs out of the house they didn’t realize just how organized they were going to have to be. Here are seven tips that Hillary has for working parents that want to work from home and home-school their children.
1. Make sure that you find a rhythm that works for you and your family and stick with it. For you working first and then home-schooling the kids may work better, or you may have to work at night and take care of school stuff during the day when they are more focused.
2. Get mobile. You can take your kids out to the park, or to swimming or music lessons and while you are there, work from your phone. There are tons of productivity based apps that can help you with your daily work needs while you child is learning.
3. Make sure that you tend to your partner. They are after all the one that is helping you out! Make sure that you make time for one another and when it comes to teaching the kids, share responsibilities. This way no one is too stressed and you will both have time for each other.
4. Get a support system. Find other home-school parents or support groups in the area. You don’t have to go it alone and can often get some great tips from other home-school parents.
5. Be realistic about expectations. Things will be crazy. It will be messy. The kids may whine sometimes or refuse to do work. Make sure that you are prioritizing your work and your children’s school work and keep a tight schedule.
6. Organization is key. You need to keep everything in check so that you can smoothly work from home and also make sure that the kids are learning all that they need to. Stay organized no matter what. This is one of the biggest things that you can do for yourself on this adventure.
7. Make sure that your family knows the boundaries. If you work from home and have something important that needs to be done make sure they know that if you go into a certain room it means that you cannot be disturbed. This way you can keep focus on them but they will know when it is time to ask the other parent.