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The alarm goes off at 5:30. Yes, that’s right, 5:30! I roll over grab my phone and quickly read my devotion on my Bible app. My husband is up and getting ready for work, we chat for a few minutes before he leaves. Then, my work day begins.
From 6 am to 8 am I work. I schedule my days Facebook posts, manage social media for a few clients, and do any other work that needs done for the day. The kids slowly wake up between 7 and 8 and turn on cartoons after telling me good morning.
The rest of the day is a blur of routine. Without a routine I believe I would fall apart. It keeps us sane, and keeps us on task. Here is a peek into our routine after my morning work hours.
- 8-8:30: Kids begin chores while I get dressed and get breakfast.
- 8:45-9: Tidy up kitchen and set out meat for dinner
- 9-11: Homeschool (See our schedule here)
- 11-11:30 break (normally start a load of laundry)
- 11:30-12:30: Lunch preparation and eat lunch
- 12:30-1: clean up kitchen and swap out laundry
- 1:00-2:00: Daniel naps while I finish up school with the girls
- 2:00-3:00: Quiet Time (girls watch tv, I relax…if possible!)
- 300: Snack time
- 3:00-4:30: Free time
- 4:30-5:30: Dinner preparations
- 5:30-6:00: Dinner
- 6:00-7:00: Kitchen clean up, dishes, etc
- 7:00-8:00: Family time
- 8:00-8:30: Bedtime routine starts
- 8:30-9:00: Kids go to bed
- 10:00: Mom and dad crash!
Now, here are a few things you DON’T see in that routine:
- The bickering between the girls over one of them crossing the “line” on the table.
- The boy whining because he doesn’t want to do school
- The three episodes of tv he watches to keep him from interfering with the girls school
- Me checking email, getting side tracked by work, and having to restart a lesson
- The days we spend running errands and doing school in the van (kind of)
- The days we start school at 10 instead of 9 because daddy’s home and doesn’t mind getting us sidetracked….
- The extracurriculur activities like soccer, piano, 4-H
The truth is that no matter how many times I tweak the schedule or make plans for the day, things happen. When you are a work at home, homeschooling mom life and work gets in the way. It’s not ideal… but its real life.
There are days when there are deadlines that can’t be helped, and days when I let work take over.
There are days I just DON’T want to juggle working and homeschooling and resent both.
There are days where I fail at homeschooling.
When it comes to being a work at home, homeschooling mom there is no magic formula to the perfect day.
There is balance, and attempting to do it all.
There is life.
There is work
There is homeschooling.
How do you balance your days as a work at home, homeschooling mom?
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