One of my very biggest fears when starting homeschooling was my ability to work. I didn't want to be the person who followed my dreams , ran in to the sunset and ended up in a dodgy caravan park somewhere, eating 2 minute noodles and not able to afford soap to wash my children with (oh the places our minds go when we let them...).
For that reason, I didn't start homeschooling until I had finished my degree and was able to figure out a way to work from home. In hindsight, I didn't need to wait to finish anything, and could have figured out a way to earn income from home without a degree - but that was my thinking, and that is where I started! Working from home is HARD. Don't get me wrong. The little lunch breaks with someone coming in to offer me a cold drink or something to eat are priceless. The long nights making up for the days that I spent teaching one of our kids how to reference properly, or making art with hand printing, are not so fun. But I have the choice. I can work when I need to work. And if there is an emergency (or someone is sick, or we are having a busy day) I can be with my kids. That is something that is irreplaceable and that I am forever grateful for.
When we started the Highschool Homeschool Online program, everything became so much easier! Especially with teens, who often need a lot of support to look up things, research, or understand new projects! I suddenly had time and SPACE to breathe and think about the things that I needed to do, to be able to work from home! Do you have teens at home? do you find it hard to juggle the work-life balance?
We are a family of 6 creatives, homeschooling/ unschooling and living a minimalist life on our own slice of paradise on the coast of Australia - artist mama, guitarist papa, surfie teen, satirical teen, musician teen and wild little one. Welcome to our life.