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Homeschooling As A Single Parent

Homeschooling is never easy although it can be very rewarding. It can be even more challenging if you are a single parent because you will not have the support of a spouse for income and will have to work and homeschool, which takes a lot of time and effort. But, if you are committed to homeschooling and believe it is best for your children then you can make it happen even if you are a single parent. The following tips might help you as a single parent that also home schools.

Tip #1 Schedule
Obviously, you are going to have to have a flexible schedule if you are going to homeschool as a single parent. This means that you teach your children in the time you are not working. Many parents work a normal 8 am 5 pm job so homeschooling takes place in the evening hours and on weekends. But, other single parents have jobs with random hours and they may work several 12 hours shifts during the week with the rest of the days off or they might work late night shifts. The thing is you must have a plan and no matter how crazy your work schedule is you and your children must be willing to work around it. This means you might homeschool at different hours and on different days than the typical school system, but if it works for your family that is what is important.

Tip #2 Support
You will need a support group if you are a single parent and plan on homeschooling as well. Friends and family members are perfect for this role. However, if you dont live near family and dont have many friends you should consider finding a homeschool club in your area where families who homeschool get together. If there isnt one then create one. You will need support to help you through and having other individuals in the same boat as you, so to speak, can really be beneficial.

Tip #3 Tutors
More than likely if you are a single parent and working full time you will find full time homeschooling overwhelming in the later years. Of course, when your children are younger teaching is easier because the subjects are easier. But as the middle school and high school years come around you will need tutors to help teach certain subjects you cant teach yourself. Start anticipating this a year or two before you will need it so you can begin saving. Tutors can be expensive and if you need them for more than one subject or more than one child it can be a financial burden if you arent prepared.

These are just a few tips that you might find helpful if you are a single parent who is homeschooling or planning on it in the future. It wont be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Just make a good plan, follow it, and be as flexible as possible.

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