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working out of the home and homeschooling.. how do you get it done?

post #1 of 7
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mods, please don't transfer this thread to "working and student parents". thanks.


anyone here work part time or full time out of the house and homeschool? i'm considering a 46 hour per week job + currently homeschooling my 2 kiddos. it would be homeschool/SAHM 9am - 5pm, then work from 6pm - midnight, 5 nights a week.. plus 8 hours each on saturday and sunday.


i've modified my daily schedule to "finish" with the kids by 5:30pm everyday and that includes making dinner, but i wonder if it's just too much to take on. anyone do this? any words of wisdom? how have you managed to be successful at both?

post #2 of 7

Definitely following. My son is gifted so need to juggle that with working outside the home at odd hours. Plus doing a HUGE audition

post #3 of 7

Would you get a decent amount of paid vacation and sick leave?  I ask because that schedule doesn't look like it has any days off in it, which could get pretty draining long-term, especially when it's combined with homeschooling, which is sort of like having another job.  Ultimately, if it works for you and your family, then go for it! 

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yes, 14-28 days per year of paid/sick leave.. i haven't worked out the specifics yet but it's at least 14 days and up to 28 days (depends if they put me down as PT or FT because it's not regular business hours, yet it's a full 40+ hour week. plus, i would get public holidays throughout the year.

post #5 of 7

I work from home on a similar schedule, but I start work more like 9-10 pm and work until 2 or 3 (I'm single now, but I always did this because their dad was at work most evenings/nights/weekends anyway).  I'm moving from working part-time to full-time now that I'm single and it has been tough.  I did the full-time on weekends for a while last year and it caused a lot of burnout.  You'll feel like you never get a day off if you're working with the kids all week + nights + weekends.  However, it can be done, especially if you have a supportive partner and you make sure you take the weekend evenings to recharge and do something you enjoy (or just rest!)

post #6 of 7

I should have added that I make my own hours now-when I was trying to work on a set schedule it was super stressful for me when the kids were sick or wouldn't go to bed on time or whatever.  Again, if you have a supportive partner who can handle those things for you, it shouldn't be that much of an issue (plus it sounds like you have a decent amount of sick days, etc.)  Are your hours set in stone or do you have some wiggle room?

post #7 of 7

I work full time graveyard as a registered nurse.  My husband is a stay at home dad for financial and disability reasons.  I work 10:30pm to 7:30am.  Come home, get our one year old up, we shower, get dressed and eat breakfast.  Then we go on a 90 min walk as part of our PE.  Then we come home, and the boys (age 13 and 14)  go do their independent work, and I play with the baby and do a couple of chores until her nap time at 10:30am.  She likes to help with the laundry too.  I sort all the clothes, and she un-sorts them before I can get them in the washer.  LOL.  During nap time, the boys and I do group science and history together.  After that, they have lunch and do more independent work until 2pm.  Then we usually play a board game like scrabble or something, and the baby has a snack in her high chair next to us.  Then I play with her some more and maybe do a couple more chores, and then go to bed around 3-4pm.  The baby takes a 2nd nap around 3-3:30pm til 5:00pm, and then goes down for the night at 7pm.  So I only miss a couple of hours of her day.  I get up at 10pm, and go to work.  I plan to work full time and still homeschool our daughter when she gets to that age too.  I can also rearrange my sleep schedule when the boys have a night baseball game or something, and dad takes over school on those days.  If you are off work by midnight, I would just sleep from like 12:30-6:30 or 7:00, get up and do school and be with your kids until you have to go to work.   It is definitely possible to work full time outside of the home and still homeschool effectively.

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