Juggling between homeschooling, being a stay-at-home mom, and running a business can be challenging. Without the perfect balance, you might find yourself neglecting your business or your loved ones. However, it is possible to juggle it all and remain productive. Here are some tried and tested tips that will help you homeschool while being a woman business owner.
Have a Head Start
As a woman business owner, you have many business responsibilities to handle in addition to teaching and raising your children. Sometimes, it feels like there's just not enough time to do it all during the day. Putting in a few hours of work early in the morning before your kids wake up helps tick some things off your to-do list. You can also take this time to plan your day and your kids' too. Start by scheduling study activities, chores, and other recreational activities so that your day can flow smoothly.
Creating Designated Workspaces and Setting Boundaries
You need to create a designated study and work area. Having designated spaces helps you set boundaries that will give you time and space to work on your business. For example, you can set up a home office and let your kids know that you mean business when you are in the office and do not need distractions. You can also set aside a few hours and let your children know that you need to attend to business during those hours. Suggest they also use that time to study, or another activity that helps them relate to you.
Dividing tasks will mostly work for women with partners or helpers. Taking turns with your spouse can help you put in some good hours of work. For example, you can divide your day into shifts depending on each parent's availability and split the teaching hours. You could homeschool for a few hours in the morning or afternoon, then let your partner take over in the evening.
For those without partners, you can divide time into blocks of teaching, working, rest, and chores using the help of resources such as screens and gadgets, help from family or friends, or a nanny.
Older children can be encouraged to practice independence for some activities. For example, you can give them some tasks and encourage them to complete them by themselves as you work on your business. However, you may still need to provide support from time to time.
Ask Your Children For Help
Asking your kids to help will go a long way in making your work easier. For instance, you could ask your kids to help with chores after school hours and use the spare time to grow your business. Additionally, you could ask your kids to help you with some easy business tasks.
Today, a lot of kids are already online and know how to use tablets. To this end, there is a myriad of great software you can use to make homeschooling easier and more enjoyable. You can use Zearn and Freckle to teach math, while Raz-Kids, Newsela, and Sora are ideal for teaching languages. In addition, these learning software feature preloaded curriculums that will help you plan your homeschooling more efficiently. It is also easier to evaluate your kids' progress and take note of where they need to improve.
While the above list isn't exhaustive, it is an excellent place to start for women business owners juggling both business and homeschooling.
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