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 reigned 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 pretty easy to manage. All I had to do was assign 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 week’s workload 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 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 can help; I appreciate it. Therefore, I’m blessed that I don’t have to do nearly as much cooking anymore.
My mother-in-law, bless her heart, has tried hard not to come over anymore during 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 difference not having her pop in and out all day. The kids would lose their focus and have to do their work repeatedly.
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 also try to schedule our errands to be done in the morning if possible. That way, we can be done with them by at least 12 pm to dig into our school work with a vengeance after lunch. I love the interaction with the outside world when we go into town. I forgot how much it made a difference in my mood while Del worked outside the home.
Going online to get the kids’ curriculum is sometimes difficult with a sporadic internet connection. Not having reliable internet reduces the kids’ productivity; they have to wait hours to download larger files. I’ve decided to remedy this and looked into cox internet plans for a faster connection to the internet. This should help save a lot of time.
Despite All of That
We love homeschooling. We wouldn’t trade it for anything. Our kids learn life lessons instead of just what is in a textbook. The joy of it is they see both parents working from home and that they have to work hard to have anything in life.
What are some challenges you face as a homeschooling family?