Jen Mackinnon is a working homeschool mom of two teens. In this episode, she shares insights on learning to integrate working and homeschooling and how it’s not about learning to balance it all but to redefine our definition of balance.
Regardless of whether you work outside the home, work in the home, or work to get dinner on the table, you can apply so much of what Jen shared with us to help your homeschool run smoother and teach your children important life skills.
What we talked about
- How it is important to embrace homeschooling the kids you have instead of trying to compare your homeschool with everyone else’s. What works for other families may not work for yours and it is important to find what helps your children be successful.
- How checklists and schedules can provide boundaries and guidelines to help your week run smoothly.
- How she schedules time each week for her children to pursue individual interests. And how this has helped her children learn how to learn, thus accomplishing one of her goals in homeschooling her children.
- Why we need to redefine our definition of balance. You cannot do everything. You need to learn to ask for help, to delegate tasks to your children, and to establish systems.
What advice would you give to a new homeschool mom?
Homeschooling does not look the same for every family. Take advantage of the flexibility it offers to make it work for your family.
Give yourself a full year when you are deciding if homeschooling is right for your family. The first year is hard and you will need that time to see what works and what doesn’t.
Links and resources mentioned on the show
- Connect with Jen at Practical by Default