Homeschooling your kids has many challenges that most people don’t foresee when they decide to do it. At least, I didn’t see them as issues that would be there. I knew I would have reign in my patience. I was prepared for long hours of educating my kids. I was even prepared for some issues of keeping the kids interested in learning lessons. Yet, I failed to be prepared for the simple things.
The Housework Issue
The housework issue was actually pretty easy to manage. All I had to do was assign different tasks to everyone in the house. We ALL pitch in to keep our house in order. From the youngest to the oldest, we all have our chores to do. Granted, you can NOT eat off of our floors. You will see dust mites in our home if you stop by unannounced. You will see toys all over my house throughout the day. Shoot you may even see dirty clothes all throughout my home on some days because our work load for the week was so intense we had to do laundry on one given day instead of two loads a day. However, our home is always presentable enough that we don’t look like we live in a dump or a hoarder’s home.
This one has become an adventure to say the least. I try and I mean try to plan out meals. However, there is just something about having a meal planned out that by the time it’s time to eat the meal… it just feels like I’ve eaten it at least ten times over. Then I don’t want it.
The kids LOVE learning how to cook. They are always willing to learn how to cook. They soak it up! The older they get the more they are able to help, and I appreciate it. Therefore, I’m blessed to say that I don’t have do nearly as much cooking anymore.
My mother-in-law bless her heart has tried really hard to not come over anymore during the school hours. Of course, now I have to figure out a new schedule that is going to work better for us again, but I’m confident she’ll continue to try to stay away during those hours. It has made a world of difference not having her popping in and out all day long. The kids would lose their focus and end up having to do their work over all over again.
Del doesn’t pop in as much, and even if he does, he doesn’t expect us to stop working. He’s made it clear to the kids that they are supposed to focus on their work all day long until they are done. When the kids do focus, they do tend to get their work done in a very timely manner.
We try to also schedule our errands to be done first thing in the morning if at all possible. That way we can be done with them by at least 12 pm so after lunch we can dig into our school work with a vengeance. I love the interaction with the outside world that we get when we go into town. I forgot how much it made a difference in my mood while having Del working outside the home.
Despite All of That
We love homeschooling. We wouldn’t trade it for anything. Our kids actually get to learn life lessons instead of just what is in a textbook. The joy of it is they see both of the parents working from home, and they see that they have to work hard to really have anything in life.
What are some challenges you face as a homeschooling family?