And just like that, our very existence has shifted. Learning how to juggle work plus quarantine and homeschool life can be a challenge. Teleworking has become the norm instead of an occasional relief from our traffic-ridden morning commutes (for those who typically work outside of the home). And now we all understand why they say teachers (and stay-at-home moms) are so underpaid, right?! 🤣
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and mom to 3 active, homeschooled children (ages 8, 10 and 12) I know all too well how difficult it is to adjust to your new normal. But being 7 years into this, I can tell you it WILL get better and you can actually learn to enjoy the work freedom and extra time with your children.
It just takes a little planning and the ability to let go of the way you think things should be and allow it to flow a bit.
Here are 4 quick tips I found helpful when I made the shift from working outside of the home to being a homeschooling entrepreneur/work-from-home mom:
1. Let go of the need to be perfect.
While the structure is very important, trying to map out every second of every day is only going to add stress for you and your family. When your kids are getting fidgety, let them take a break and come back later to tackle that assignment. We’ve got nothing but time! Relax. It’ll be okay and they’ll get it all done (or maybe they won’t, and that’s ok too).
2. Make it fun.
I’ve been “Tik Tok”-ing, sewing, and doing more gymnastics than I ever cared to do. Why? Because my kids love it, and they enjoy it when I take interest in things that they love outside of their academic work. Oh, and a game of Uno and Monopoly definitely counts as learning 😉 Make it fun! A little Fortnite never hurt anybody!
3. Take time out for yourself.
Any major life transition like this can be overwhelming. Don’t forget to take time out for yourself. A quick ride around the block in your car or a walk outside doesn’t defy social distancing rules. Stay safe, but don’t forget to take time out to re-charge so you can show up as your best self in your work (because that certainly doesn’t stop!) and for your family.
4. Avoid the Quarantine Meltdown
Here’s an interview I did with Urban Intellectuals Founder, Freddie Taylor. I shared why my husband and I decided to homeschool 7 years ago, how to know when it’s time to take a break from the work, and how parents can use this time to connect better with their children.