( www.DianneCraft.org) to find ways to
help her on the skills she struggles with.
The little guy hasn’t officially started
school yet, but I’m already wondering
what other homeschooling plans of mine
I’ll get to “modify” as we discover his
strengths and weaknesses. Each child is
“fearfully and wonderfully made” as an
individual designed by the hand of God,
and I truly believe homeschooling is the
only way to meet the unique needs of
each of my children.
Some working homeschool moms
get up early before the kids are awake. I
can’t do that. So I stay up late. And, yes,
my kids are usually out of bed before I
am. There, I’ve confessed it. I feel guilty
sometimes when I’m working because
I’m not spending time with my kids or
husband . . . and I feel guilty when I’m
spending time with the kids or husband,
because I’m not working.
It’s definitely a trade-off, and there are
days I want to quit—homeschooling, editing, even mothering. But isn’t that true of
every job and every life at different times?
There will always be good days and challenging days, no matter what job you
have or don’t have, whether your kids are
toddlers or teens. Prayer, a solid night’s
sleep, and reflection on the myriad blessings I enjoy usually improve my perspective in short order.
I would never be able to work from
home as much as I do without the support of both my husband, who takes
on typical “household” duties when
I’m trying to meet a deadline, and kids
who (though still in training) can do the
dishes, laundry, and keep the little guy
entertained. My wonderful in-laws also
step in and take the kids for a few hours
when I’m really crunched for time.
If you work from home, don’t try to
do it alone. The whole family (minus
babies, of course) can pitch in. Maybe
you’ll need to hire a neighbor girl to
watch your young ones for a few hours.
Maybe you’ll need to negotiate some
extra chores for your old-enough kids.
And, maybe you can trade babysitting
or do meal-sharing with another working mom.
I’m incredibly grateful that my job
brings income to our family, great satisfaction to me, and still lets me keep my
kids at “home where they belong.”
Dara Ekanger coordinates classes for her
local homeschool group, gardens, edits
books, and is the senior editor of Molly
Green Magazine, the magazine for all
things HOME. Check out the free digital
version at MollyGreenOnline.com.
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