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I'm looking to hear about families who are entirely "out of the system" ... in other words, no formal schooling for the kids and no regular "jobs" for the parents. My husband has been self-employed for several years, and our goal is for him to be making enough to support us so I can quit my desk job in three years before Corbin would be expected to be in kindergarten.<br><br>
I'm not sure how this will work out for us, so can you share how it's worked for you? I mean in terms of scheduling parents' work around homeschooling, whether kids end up helping in the family business, whether the business gets in the way of the family, etc.
 

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my partner and i share our home business & homeschooling (unschooling) our two children.<br><br>
When we started our biz it was intense and the main thing was getting boundaries to it. We even tried rules like "no talking about the biz in the bedroom or after 9pm etc..". There was a tension in the early days because of our investment of time into it.<br><br>
Now our business has a life of its own and takes less time, our problem has reversed. We are not so good at taking time away from the kids to do work. For example we plan that anne will take the guys to the beach and i will work... but somehow i slip in the car at the last moment... no regrets though.<br><br>
i think something we struggle with is the blurred lines between work and play. We check (work) email in between playing around... which has pros and cons. We are looking to get a little more separation and defined times for the business... if we can be disciplined enough not to join in on the fun with the kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The best aspect is the flexibility though... being able to uproot and travel at a minutes notice, which we have done often (our biz is based on email and phone).<br><br>
good luck with your own adventure!<br>
arun<br>
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Well, we're sort of where you are. DH is in business with his family. I have a part time "regular" job that gives us good health insurance and soothes my money anxiety. They have a business that involves engineering and various things and my six year old has already shown interest in what they do so we are hoping that interest will grow and we can use stuff from the business to help teach math and science, and perhaps more. Younger son is only 2 so I don't know if he'll be interested.<br><br>
So far it has been nice, dh works a lot and travels a lot but is also able to provide childcare once a week. It's been good to us, I think. His business is not flashy or trendy but I think it's one that is going to remain stable. I hope the kids enjoy helping out. One nice thing about a small business is that there are so many different jobs that hopefully something will appeal to them, maybe one will want to work on the web site and the other will be the one who wants to go out on service calls. Who knows. I am optimistic!
 
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