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Do any of you all work? Is it at home or a "regular" job? If you work at home, what do you do? Own your own business? If you work outside the home, how do you make things work?
My husband is getting out of the military and I might end up having to work somehow to make ends meet. I want to keep homeschooling, if at all possible. Hopefully I can balance both somehow.
~Samantha, mommy to Jonathan, Alayna and Brendan.~
It's VERY hard to balance both, but a few have and/or still do. I actually quit working the same month we started HS'ing, but I worked from home for 4 years before that. I still would if I needed to. My boss said I was welcome to come back anytime.
I work.. about 1/3 of my job is there and the rest I do at home. When I have to be in the office it's usually when my kids are there for classes ( I work for my MIL's dance center). This time of the year is very hard because I have so much work to do for the recital, summer schedule then the fall schedule it's not funny. we've pretty much backed off school for about 3 weeks because of it all. It's not always easy balancing working..even part time, with homelife and schooling.. but it's what we have to do.
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
I teach piano lessons, which will hopefully gradually build to a larger student base than I've got right now, but even without it we could make it work if we were very careful and used lots of free resources.
I work at home as a digital scrapbook designer. My sister and I are partners so we split the money but we also split the work so it's nice. We can make twice the product and most months we do well even for splitting our money. It's hard if we have an off month though (luckily they have been few and far between.) I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to juggle it all once we officially begin homeschooling. I've been examining how I do things and trying to figure out the best way to change to meet all my needs.
Forever Missing Katriel Star (17 weeks) and Sebastian Judah (14 weeks)
I haven't worked in 10 years. Just recently, I have started a cleaning job. I will be doing it 3 times a month. My kids will come with and either do their school work or they will do school at night. Luckily, it is for my dh's aunt so she doesn't care. She wants the kids to do some independent work while I am cleaning I think to work full time and homeschool would be so so hard!
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
I had to take on a part time job this last year. I worked every weekend and one or two nights during the week. It's been tough. Even though I was home all week with the kids which was ideal for homeschooling, it was still hard to balance and feel like I was giving it my all. I was tired more often and when I was home I felt like I needed to catch up on housework and other things I didn't get to while I was at work. We still got our schoolwork done, but it was a challenge and I didn't feel like I was able to give it 100%. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done it at all if I worked full-time. That's me though- I know there are some who can make it work.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3