I Can’t Homeschool Because I Work Full-Time

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Today I’m joining the wonderful bloggers from iHomeschool Network to bring you the I Can’t Homeschool Because series. Go visit the other blogs participating in this blog hop and see how you can overcome some of the reasons why people think they can’t homeschool.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had mothers say to me, “I really want to homeschool my children, but I can’t because I have to work full time.”

My response is always the same: “Yes, you can! I’ve worked full time while homeschooling my children and so can you!”

At this point, the ladies I’m speaking to usually raise their eyebrows with a look of disbelif and give me  the “well, maybe you can, but I can’t” reply.

I know it sounds impossible. How in the world can you work 40 hours a week outside of the home and still have time to properly educate your children while keeping the house somewhat clean, cooking and not to mention being a wife?

I will tell you up front, it’s not easy. It is overwhelming and it most definitely isn’t the ideal situation, but if homeschooling your children is important to you and God has called you to this lifestyle, it can and should be done.

If you’re wondering how you can homeschool while working full-time, consider these tips:

  • Look at your work schedule and determine when you could devote time to homeschooling.  If you work during the day Monday through Friday, you could have school on the weekends and in the evenings. If you work nights or evenings, you could have school during the day. You don’t have to have a traditional Monday-Friday mornings and early afternoon school schedule. When you’re a homeschooling mom, flexibility is your friend!
  • One of the biggest challenges to homeschooling while both you and your spouse work full time is finding child care. I highly suggest that if you want to homeschool, you and your spouse should work opposite schedules. Someone has to be home with the kids at all times, right?
  • Choose a curriculum that matches your needs. If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to putting lesson plans together yourself, find a curriculum that already does it for you. We use My Father’s World for this very reason. You could also choose an online or video-based curriculum.
  • If you are passionate about homeschooling, but know that it just is not feasible in your current job situation, consider finding a new job that will better accommodate a homeschooling schedule.
  • And most importantly, PRAY! Pray for God to reveal His vision for your life. If He is calling you to homeschool, He will make a way. You only have to be bold and obedient. I speak from experience when I tell you that He will provide paths where you never imagined and will open and close doors when you give Him the freedom to do so.

Are you still not convinced that you working and homeschooling would work for you? Email me at [email protected] and explain to me your situation. Chances are I’ve found myself in a very similar situation and together we’ll formulate a plan to make it work for you.

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Heather Bowen

Heather is the founder and owner of Upside Down Homeschooling. She is a homeschooling mom of two little girls. Heather and her husband, Andrew- author and founder of Project Conversion, have been married for nine years. They reside in southeastern NC and have recently joined the Catholic Church. Heather is a nurse by trade, but left her nursing scrubs behind in October 2012, to become a full-time work at home mom. She is a professional blogger and speaker. You can also find her blogging at FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com. She and her husband will also be launching CatholicFamilyResources.com later this year.

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I Can’t Homeschool Because I Work Full-Time — 15 Comments

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement today! Our kids are 2 and 4, but I’m called to homeschool them even though we can’t afford to lose my income. As a nurse, scheduling can be creative, and I do believe we can make this work.

  3. I couldn’t agree more. I work from home but I do work full time. I have homeschooled my kids from the beginning. If God calls you to it, God will pull you through it. It is exhausting sometimes but I am like you, I pick curriculum that will help us thrive – I don’t have time to make my own. I also use My Father’s World and it has been a complete blessing to my family.

    • They enjoyed spending time with their Daddy, doing fun projects, gardening, playing together, etc. Sometimes I would put together crafts or some supplemental school work for them to do, but usually it was just whatever the girls and Daddy wanted to do. :)

  4. I worked full time and homeschooled my kindergartener until it became to much wile pregnant. It was not easy but we would do lessons at night before cleaning up for the day and having read a loud time before bed. I left educational games and activities on the table for daddy to have her and her little brother do during the day. I packaged and froze recipes right when I got home from grocery shopping and would toss one in the crock pot on low before I left so dinner would be done for hubby before he left and for me when I got back. We ate dinner early so it could be a family meal. It was hard but worth it to souport our family while hubby whent to school. Now he is working and going to school I feel bad for him but, he is setting a great exsample for our young kids. 2 with one on the way.

  5. I have always wanted to homeschool and this was an interesting read, however, it doesn’t really cover a very common situation: I work full time (in the Air Force) and I’m a single parent. I would love to homeschool my 9 year old but it just doesn’t seem feasible. But I am still looking for ways to accomplish this goal!

    • Tiffany- thank you for commenting. I agree with you. Single parent homeschooling while working full-time is an area that I didn’t cover, but that needs to be addressed. Truthfully, I didn’t cover it because I have no experience with it. Therefore, I have no advice to give. Have you joined our FB page? If so, let me know and I will post your question there and see if any of the other ladies can give you some feedback. Blessings!

  6. Thanks for the encouragement. Currently, I am working full time. My husband and I have decided to homeschool next year. I often worry that I will not be giving my daughter the attention she deserves since I will continue to work for some time. None of my close friends nor family members homeschool so my only exposure is what I read about online through various blogs. It often seems that homeschooling is at least a full time job. I know that this is what God has put on my heart for the past year or so. I am learning to have faith that He will help us adjust to this new chapter in our lives.

  7. I have a High School son who I have home schooled since birth. He is currently going into the 11th grade and has had outside classes. Last year was a real stretch to afford classes (4) and homeschool since my husband had lost his income. I had to get another better paying job–still very squeeky though. I am having a hard time thinking of options as we pray that he will get a job soon. School will start soon and I have a lot of options for outside classes, but no way to pay for them as of now. I am playing with the idea of putting him into public High School–I am honestly avoiding it because it makes me want gag. He is the last in my nest and it is hard not to do for him what I did for the other two–home school all of the way. He is a great kid and I don’t want to mess up what God has done by putting him into school (this is a BIG school!)
    Anyways, if you have any ideas–that would be great. He does need to get his licsence and drive, but money for that is an issue. Thanks for any suggestions that you might have!

  8. Hi Heather. I am starting a new school year by homeschooling my 13 and 10 year old. After much prayer and having enough of the school system state testing, my husband and I finally took the leap to homeschool our girls. One little problem…I still have much to pay on my student loan. I have signed up to work as a substitute teacher but I am concerned that I MAY NOT MAKE ENOUGH TO PAY my loan back. Any suggestions? Is there anything out there that helps people like me pay their student loan? Hope to hear from you.

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