Mom, teacher, cook, housekeeper, nurse, taxi driver, therapist…. as moms we wear a lot of hats to say the least! When it comes to doing it all as a homeschool mom it can be tough to juggle everything. Over the years I’ve found a few things that help make it a little easier!
Now I’m not saying at all that I have it all together. In fact there are days where I feel totally on the ball, and then other days where I’m pretty sure I don’t even know where the ball is! However, after over a decade of this homeschool thing I’ve learned a lot, and have learned to juggle it all just a little bit better! There are a few things that I have to do to keep my sanity and that help me feel like I’m doing my best for my family.
Plan your lessons– I feel like my children have a sixth sense for when I’m just winging it with their school work. I don’t have a complete curriculum I use so I have to plan ahead to make sure we’re covering all our subjects. Even if you have a curriculum you use knowing what is coming for the week is important. If you have a science lesson you need supplies for, or maybe a history project that is going to take a little bit of extra time. For me it is often printing, if I stop what we’re doing to print something it’s like they know I’m unprepared! Setting aside just a little time over the weekend to plan your upcoming week can make all the difference. I know some parents who set up work boxes or folders, some make check lists using online planners or calendars,
Plan your meals– This is one I cannot live without! There is nothing more frustrating than the inevitable asking of, “What’s for dinner?” and not knowing the answer. Meal planning is something that alleviates that stress and helps your evenings run smoothly! I have a super simple system that works really well for my family- you can read my full post about it here, I even have a printable planner!
Don’t overextend yourself– I know some moms who have their kids enrolled in a bazillion classes, clubs, and activities. They go to church, volunteer, and then wonder why they’re feeling frazzled all the time. Take a look at your calendar. Is it time to build in some down time? Is there something you can give up? Maybe there is a sports season coming to a close, can you take a break after that? Prioritize your time, give yourself room to breathe. Don’t volunteer unless it won’t stress you out, allow your kids one activity at a time, let them know your time is valuable! If the activities you are involved in are stressing you its likely they are stressing your kids too. When the kids are over tired and mom is over extended everyone no one is at their best!
Get your family to pitch in– There is a funny thing about homeschooling. Sometimes you look around and think, “Why is my house such a mess? I’m home all day!” In actuality your house is a mess because you’re home all day! I can be hard in between running errands, focusing on school work, and activities to find time to keep your home clean. The solution? Get your family involved! Take a couple of breaks during school work, a nice 10 minute speed cleaning will not only help with the house but give your kids a brain break! Get the kids to throw in a load of laundry or help vacuum. My husband pitches in a lot, and he once asked me what would help me the most. For a long time I didn’t answer and then I realized that having my family help me doesn’t mean I can’t do it all, it means I don’t have to! He now empties the dishwasher every day before work and has recently taken over the laundry! Get your people helping, they live there too!
Use co-ops and classes– When we homeschool we often feel like the whole of our children’s education is on us. It doesn’t’ have to be! If you can find a local co-op or classes to take they can really help lighten your load! Even an online course can be an excellent resource! What does your child struggle with, what do you lack confidence in teaching? Find classes for those subjects, form a group with friends and help each other! Delegating a subject or two can help you free up time and energy to focus on other lessons.
Automate what you can – I don’t know about you but I feel like I’m constantly running to the store. I can make a huge list get everything on it and come home to realize that we’re out of cat food, or milk… or something! One way that I have found that helps make sure we’ve got all our staples is to automate! It started with the Dollar Shave Club. With 3 guys in my house that shave now we go through razors pretty quick. Having it set up for auto delivery is perfect. I don’t have to watch for sales, I don’t get the, “Hey honey we’re out of razors”. They just arrive and get used! Another service that I love is The Honest Company and their bundles. You can set up what you want every month and get a box delivered! It’s nice because you can go tweak it if necessary or just set it and forget it! If you want to go any further check out Amazon Prime Pantry. My mom loves it for her paper towels, cleaning products… even cat food! Anything you can set up to have auto delivered so that you don’t have to run out and buy it saves you a ton of time!
Juggling everything that being a homeschool mom requires can be difficult at times, it can get overwhelming, and even frustrating. With a little practice, and being intentional with where we spend our time and energy it can be much easier, and more peaceful.
Hope these tips help you juggle it all as a homeschool mom! What advice would you add?