{FAQ} How to Homeschool When Both Parents Must Work Full-Time

As you might guess, this question is a common concern for prospective working homeschool parents.

Since I (and a few readers!) just answered it on the How to Work and Homeschool Facebook page, I thought I'd share it here for anyone else facing this challenge:
".... I'm curious how people handle childcare when both parents work during the day and homeschool. My job requires that I work school hours, and I really couldn't find another one that pays as well for working part-time. Want to be able to keep my options open for ds, but I can't put our family into debt for it. Any advice would be welcomed."
And here is my response:

While researching the book I found parents in similar situations:
  1. relied upon family members or friends who were available to child-sit;
  2. changed their schedules or work location (telecommute) so that one parent was home at all times;
  3. downsized homes, cars, etc.;
  4. opted to afterschool rather than homeschool;
  5. opted to only homeschool for a short period of time to address a specific need (ex. pulling a child out for a few months to a year in order for them to then re-enroll in a new school or special program).
Some did a combination of the above.
Note that daycare is the BIGGEST hurdle for most parents, making afterschooling the most common solution.

Keep in mind that when homeschooling a child does not spend an entire day working. So a caregiver during a parents working hours need not be responsible for schooling.
(See the schedules at the back of my book for examples of how to make this work.)

Experienced and veteran homeschool parents: tell us how you do integrate full-time employment with homeschooling in comments!



15 comments:

  1. We are beginning homeschool this year. I plan to continue working. Most of my work is from home, with two days out of home. My hope/plan is to work with my 2nd grade daughter while I'm not with clients. And will attempt giving her a list of to-do' while I am working. I have tried a bit of this throughout the summer, and it has worked quite well. Time will tell :_)

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    1. Sounds like a great plan! Good for you!

      Have you heard about project-based homeschooling? It's a way of teaching self-directed learning. There's a book and blog, Camp Creek. The author is Lori Pickert.

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  2. I work second shift and my husband works first shift (usually very early). We often overlap, so I arranged for an in-home sitter (cheaper than daycare) who comes during that time so that I don't have to worry if he stays late. I homeschool in the morning and my sitter helps the kids finish up if there's anything to do and helps with reading and stuff as well. She doesn't teach, she's more like a re-enforcer of ideas.

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    1. "Re-enforcer of ideas"-what a great concept!

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    2. I now work 2nd shift and husband 1st im glad to know there are pthers.

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  3. I work night weekends. I teach during the week. My husband works mon-fri day shift. I do not like being away from my family but we make it work. We have our family fun time also whenever God allows us too.

    When I fall short on a subject. My husband the principal steps in.

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  4. We use a daycare provider that takes 'drop in' homeschoolers as well as my husband and I flip our schedules.

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    1. I've read where other homeschool parents have created "drop-in coops" for their kids. It's a great way to manage work and school responsibilities.

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  7. I think a lot of parents struggle with this issue. Fortunately, I have a job that allows me to work from home, which is such a blessing, but I know not everyone has this option. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely planning to share this post on a homeschool/working parents group that I am a part of ;) https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=8190802&trk=anet_ug_hm

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  8. Are deli ma is that both of us work regular sifts, me from 7am-4pm and my husband works from about 8am-5pm. Are 13 year old daughter has had a lot of issues at school with the kids and I wanted to know if there is a program that she can do from home without us there? She's very smart and dependable so I would have no problem leaving her home and would trust her to get her work done.

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    1. k12 could be an option.. anonymous april did you ever get that worked out

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