This blog post was published in 2013.
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:
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.
Experienced and veteran homeschool parents: tell us how you do integrate full-time employment with homeschooling in comments!