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:
Some did a combination of the above.
- relied upon family members or friends who were available to child-sit;
- changed their schedules or work location (telecommute) so that one parent was home at all times;
- downsized homes, cars, etc.;
- opted to afterschool rather than homeschool;
- 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).
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!