Sunday May 31, 2020
Champion Mom: Tips for Homeschooling and Work from Home at the Same Time
If you had asked most moms three months ago if they were ready to work from home, most would have loved the idea. At the same time, a lot of moms love the idea of homeschooling their children and helping to mold their minds while spending more time with them.
But doing both of them at the same time has been a nightmare for a lot of us who have been thrust into that role thanks to COVID-19.
If you are feeling stressed out homeschooling while working from home, here are a few tips on how to handle the balance:
- Set a schedule — There’s a reason why teachers have lesson plans—you can’t just go into this without a plan and try to “wing it” with homeschooling. Set a schedule for when your kids will work on each of their assignments and try to stick to this schedule as much as possible.
- Recess is important too — Another big part of traditional schooling is recess. Kids will go crazy (and take you with them) if you try to make them work for eight hours straight without some kind of break. Let them go outside in the backyard and play for twenty to thirty minutes every few hours. How often you choose is up to you and your kids’ needs. And don’t think this is just for the little ones. High school age kids need physical activity to keep their brains stimulated.
- Don’t worry about “housekeeping” — You are literally doing two eight-hour shifts simultaneously. Don’t try to top this off by cleaning and cooking when you are done. Instead, wait to do these tasks on the weekend. Prepare your meals and freeze them so that you can thaw them out and warm them up. Casseroles will be your friend here as will the delivery person for your local restaurants.
There’s another big rule when it comes to doing this—don’t beat yourself up. If you think you aren’t going to make mistakes, well, you’re wrong. No one expects you to be an expert at this balance so find what works best for you and run with it.