How to Homeschool Your Kids While Finishing Your Degree
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Are you thinking about going back to college but don’t know where to start? Wondering if you’ll have time for your studies since homeschooling and parenting are both full time jobs? Juggling college studies, homeschooling, and running a household requires a huge time commitment, but there are definitely ways to make it work. Here are some great tips for making time for your studies when you return to college as a homeschooling parent.
Build a Strong Support Network
Family and friends can be lifesavers when you’ve got a lot on your plate, but you have to remember to ask for help when you need it. Set up a few hours of childcare each week so you can focus entirely on your studies. You could also arrange swaps with other homeschooling parents, offering to take their kids for a day in exchange for a full day to yourself to get your work done.
Encourage Your Kids to Work Independently
As your children grow and mature, they will become more and more independent. Try grouping harder subjects together, so that you can give them your undivided attention if they need help. Then, when it’s time to move on to easier subjects, you can work on your college studies alongside them.
Wake up Earlier than Your Kids
Consider waking up several hours earlier than your kids and working on your studies until they’re ready for breakfast and schoolwork. These quiet hours of the morning are often the most productive. Of course, it may mean that you have to get to bed a bit earlier to make it work. Strong tea or coffee is optional, but it will do a nice job getting you going while the rest of the household snoozes on.
Create Your Own Space
Designate a spot in your home that can be yours for studying and homework. A space behind a closed door is preferable, but any quiet corner without a lot of distractions will work in a pinch. Keep your books, computer, and supplies close at hand, and let your children know that this is your special workspace. When you’re working, they should leave you in peace.
Congratulations on deciding to continue your education! As a homeschooling parent, you’re no stranger to planning, organizing, and working diligently to achieve your goals. These very same qualities will help you succeed in college and beyond.