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A Working Mom’s Homeschool Life: B – Balance

Thanks for joining me today for the blogging A to Z challenge as I share my life as a working homeschool mom and blog my way through the alphabet. Visit my series landing page for all of the posts in this series. 


B – Balance

One of the questions I get asked when I share my homeschooling experience with others is, “How do you do it all?” While I would love to share about a harmonies life where everything works together in perfect unity, my honest answer to that question is, I don’t.

I don’t do it all.

If I have learned anything over the last year is that I have to pick my battles. I have to choosing daily what I will focus on so that I don’t drive myself crazy. I cant’ stop working, andd working outside the home 40 hours a week is a challenge for any mom, let alone a homeschooling mom. But my busy schedule demands balance or everything will fall apart.

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So how do I balance my life as a busy working, homeschooling mom?

Cooking – My husband has always been my counterpart in the kitchen. One of the things that most attracted me to him while we were dating is his ability to plate food. Since he’s home on medical disability for the foreseeable future, he cooks during the week, and I cook on the weekends.

Housecleaning – I manage to keep the kitchen clean, the laundry running and the bathroom toilets and sinks wiped down. My husband helps here and there when he’s physically able to. I have 2 teenage children and an adult son living at home, so I try to disperse chores on a weekly basis for things like dusting and picking up. Sometimes it happens, but most often it doesn’t. I was never really good with follow through in the chore department. I joined a weekly declutter challenge at the beginning of January of which I’ve failed miserably at so far, but February’s schedule is printed so I’m hoping for a fresh start.

Grocery shopping/errands – I reserve my grocery, Costco and Trader Joes runs for the weekend as well as other errands. I don’t like taking up half of my Saturday to do this sort of thing, but it has to be done.

Family – My kids lives outside the home are sometimes busier than ours. We do eat together at the dinner table most nights and we have one Sunday a month where my oldest daughter, her husband and my beautiful grandson come to visit. My husband and I have a standing “in home Friday night date night” while the kids are at youth where we talk, watch movies, play games, etc.

Spiritual Life – Spending time with God is vital to my well being, so I schedule the first hour of my morning to read my Bible and journal. Some days I get behind, but I’ve allowed myself grace in this area. I also am constantly listening to worship music, reading Christ-centered blogs and articles and attend church almost every Sunday.

Blogging – I reserve Sunday night, Tuesday night and Thursday night for writing in this space for the most part. Other than that, I spend a couple of hours a few nights a week reading blogs, commenting, encouraging, participating in facebook groups, etc. I also write lots of homeschool reviews on products that have greatly benefitted us.

Me Time – I think it is vitally important for every mom to find time for herself to let loose and have fun. Once every few weeks or so I gather with a group of ladies for movie night. I also drive an hour to see my best girlfriend once a month where we shop, drink coffee and chat for hours. You will often find me curled up on the couch with my Fire Tablet, pup on my lap, reading books or watching Netflix.

Homeschooling – I am thankful our son is at an age where he can be mostly independent in his learning. Because many of his classes are on line, that means auto correction and less time correcting for me.  I schedule his work out at least three months, and every thing is subject to change. I don’t try to pry my son out of bed at the crack of dawn. He gets up around 11:00 (teenage boys!) and starts school after lunch. He is usually done by 4 or 5 with the exception of any projects we are working on together or anything he’s needing more help in.

This is just a small glimpse into my semi-balanced life. As you can see, I don’t do it all. I can’t imagine having to do all of the things that are often expected of moms and add homeschooling on top of that. Even with what I am doing, sometimes I feel as if I’m chasing my tail.

I hope you will come back next week!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Jen|Practical By Default
    January 25, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Yay I was so happy to see it was Wednesday as I knew B was coming. In fact I forgot about my breakfast sitting on the stove lol Great tips here, and good on you for getting help and taking me time! So not easy but must be done!

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      Barbie
      January 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Jen! I am thankful you are anticipating my posts. Blessings!

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    Christina
    January 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Barbie, it is nice to read how other bloggers are doing with all the other roles they play as well. Enjoyed reading your post.

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      Barbie
      January 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Christina.

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    Carol E.
    January 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

    You’re correct – you can’t do it all. I’m so glad for grace for what actually NEEDS done, and friends who help you unwind when you feel frazzled. Been there, done that. Hooray for independent learners! Big hugs!

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      Barbie
      January 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      If my son wasn’t as independent as he is I am sure I would not be homeschooling. Thanks for stopping by Carol.

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    Annette @ a net in time
    January 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Enjoyed reading how you make it. Good stuff.

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      Barbie
      January 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Annette!

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    Megan Russell
    January 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is an encouraging post. I am a stay at home mom, but I still find it extremely difficult to keep up with the housework. Having five kids home all day can really mess up the house, especially when three are boys!

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      Barbie
      January 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      I most certainly would not be able to homeschool more than one kid and work full time. I can’t imagine what your routine is like with 5 boys. Your’e quiver is full! Blessings!

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    Amanda Hopkins
    January 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I love finding balance. I thought I was there, and than I had 2 sick kids and a sick hubby at the same time. Kind of threw me off balance! Now I am finding my way back! Thank you for joining us in the Blogging Through the alphabet series!

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      Barbie
      January 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Balancing life is like a teeter totter, isn’t it? Some days we are fully balanced, others off kilter. I’m loving participating in this challenge.

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    Lisa M
    January 26, 2017 at 6:21 am

    We are getting ready for a cross country move…I needed this!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      January 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Oh wow! Sounds like a lot of work, but exciting at the same time. Wishing you the best of luck on your move.

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    Renee K
    January 26, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Balance what a much need word this week. Thanks for your encouragement!

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      Barbie
      January 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by Renee.

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    LyndsD
    January 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Needed this today! Thank you so much for the reminder we can’t do it all!

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      Barbie
      January 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend.

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    TaMara Sloan
    January 26, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I love that your answer to How do you do it all? is that you don’t. I firmly believe that a family is a unit that should work together – like a team – with all contributing to its success (or failure).

    Thanks for sharing your tips for how you achieve balance in your busy life.

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      Barbie
      January 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thank you Tamara. Enjoy your weekend.

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    Kirsten West
    January 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I only know a few homeschooling moms who also work outside the home and I am perpetually in awe of you all! I really enjoyed the glimpse at your method for making it all work and there were a bunch of ideas I want to try (even though I work from home and for myself so I can set work aside for a while when things get busy). Thanks!

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    Jen|Practical By Default
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Great tips here! Thanks so much for linking up at #familyfriday we appreciate it! We hope you come back next week.

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