It can be done. Really.
Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a highly motivated, intellectually curious 5-year-old boy. Midway through kindergarten, he declared he “hated school.” His parents were a bit surprised. They knew (from experience!) that almost all kids hate school at some point, but they didn’t expect their little one to hate school so soon.
At first, they glossed over their son’s complaints. Towards the end of the year, though, his mother asked the little boy why he hated school. Because, the boy said, if they would just call on me first we could go home in 20 minutes! The boy, they learned, was bored in school. He missed free time and time at home to explore his own interests. He wanted to learn multiplication.
The parents hoped their son’s problems would work themselves out in first grade. But that didn’t happen. He remained bored, and he started having trouble on the playground as well. He wanted to play intricate pretend games; the other boys wanted to push and shove. The boy’s teacher said she thought the boy was more mature than his peers, and his parents agreed. Agreeing didn’t really solve the problem, though. Their son still hated school, still craved time to explore his own interests.
Eventually, the parents pulled their son out of school. Midway through his first grade year, the parents brought the boy home to homeschool him. And for the next seven years, the parents more or less successfully juggled adult employment and home education.
The boy is now 15 and a self-employed entrepreneur. He runs his own lawn care service and is establishing a custom lure business .(Fishing is one of his passions.) He’s due to start his sophomore year at a local public school.
The boy is my oldest son. (If you want to know more about homeschooling journey, click here and here.) During the years we homeschooled, I transitioned from a career in nursing to a career as a freelance writer. My work hours varied from very part-time to part-time to full-time. Now, post-divorce, I support my family with my earnings from my writing career.
Is it possible to homeschool and work? You bet. Is it easy? No way.
That’s why I’m glad Pamela Price has written How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies from Parents. Too many parents still think of homeschooling and working as either/or options. It doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to facilitate your kids’ learning while earning an income.
Want to know more? Price recently sat down to answer some questions from Building Boys:
Homeschooling is one path to that goal.