Building The Homeschool Mom Resume

 

 

 

What happens when the kids are older or have flown the nest? Here are suggestions for living a well-rounded life as a homeschool mom. hsbapost.com

 

We’ve been talking about homeschooling while working here on The Homeschool Post this month, and for me it’s a timely topic. You see, I’m only going to have one student next year, and that student is in high school and can work quite independently. That means that I am finally reaching a place where I actually have the time and flexibility in my schedule to look at returning to the workplace.

I have been very blessed in that my husband’s work has been steady and has provided an income that has allowed me to be a full time homeschool mom. The flip side of that is something that isn’t often talked about in homeschool mom circles, as far as I can tell. When mom has been out of the working world loop for the number of years it takes to raise the children from birth through graduation, it can be quite a challenge to go back to work. And the level of challenge can vary, depending on the type of career. In no way do I want to discourage homeschool moms from being home full-time with their children for as long as possible. And wouldn’t it be great if we could all be our own boss and work from home? I think it’s fantastic when there’s family or home-based business that mom (and kids!) can be involved in; maybe even ideal, but that hasn’t worked for us and it doesn’t work for everyone. The reality is that at some point you may want or need that income, so how can you keep some options open?

Obviously, I can’t advise on specific career paths, but here are a few suggestions. Some from moms who have done them and are glad they did, and some that we wish we’d done.

  • Stay connected in some way to a career you were in before kids. That could be maintaining your contacts in that field, subscribing to an industry journal, doing the occasional freelance job in the same field, or keeping a license or certification up to date even if you’re not actively working.
  • Work part-time or seasonally, even if it’s just a few hours, so that you have a little extra income and job references for your resume.
  • Work from home or operate your own cottage or family business, if your situation allows.
  • Be open to volunteer opportunities that develop or use your workplace skill set.
  • Don’t forget your own further education. You may be able to take some online classes, a continuing education class at the community college, or other similar things that will help you stay abreast of changes in your profession or train you for a new career.
I want to close with some advice and encouragement that applies whether you are working or not, and whether you want to be working or not.
Homeschool Mom, there is more to you than just that homeschool mom hat. Don’t limit yourself! 
 
Believe it or not, living that well-rounded life will also pay off when and if you do start job hunting! Even though we’re justifiably proud of our homeschool mom roles, we all have other interests, hobbies, and skills; and it’s okay to pursue those things. In fact, in many ways, broadening our world beyond our homeschool is good for us and good for our families.
  • Make your marriage high priority – the highest after your relationship with the Lord. After all, you’ll be with your spouse after your kids have graduated and moved out on their own.
  • Take time for yourself – quiet time, a daily break, an evening out with a friend, a visit to the park or museum or shopping district that you find interesting.
  • Be involved in activities for your own interest and personal enjoyment. Take the painting class, join a club, go to the gym or pool, volunteer with a charity, or whatever it is that sparks your passion. Sometimes your volunteer experience and involvement in charity or community work can help you build your resume and references too.

Do you have suggestions for homeschool moms that are looking to go back to the workforce? 

 

Kym (15 Posts)

Kym is in the middle of her 17th year of homeschooling her four kids, two of whom have graduated. She and her husband of 27 years are Canadians transplanted to Maryland. Kym loves coffee, history, and homeschooling, and you can join her for coffee break at her blog, Homeschool Coffee Break.


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Snowman Treats to Try

 

Do you wanna build a snowman? Having a snow day in your homeschool — or just wish you were? You can add some snowy fun to your day with these yummy Snowman Treats to Try. They would be perfect for winter birthday parties or as a “just for fun” winter snack. You can even count the time making them as homeschooling while you’re measuring, cooking, and practicing life skills together.

Fun & creative yummy Snowman Treats to try making with the kids this winter! hsbapost.com

Snowman Treats to Try

  1. Gingerbread Snowman Sugar Cookies
  2. Snowman Breakfast
  3. Snowmen Oreo Pops
  4. Snowman Milk Chugs
  5. Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies
  6. Snowman Pretzels
  7. Snowman Cookie Pops
  8. Snowman Pancakes
  9. Snowman Hot Chocolate
  10. Snowman Popcorn Cups
  11. Snowman Rice
  12. Snowman Cottage Cheese
  13. Snowman Party Poppers
  14. More Snowman Pretzels
  15. Easy Snowman Cookies

Have fun!

 

 

Sara (151 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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7 Ways to Include Children in Household Chores

 

Keeping the house clean and organized is a never-ending battle, at least at our house. When you homeschool and work-at-home, home becomes classroom, office, art studio, library, and science lab. We always seem to be in the middle of several projects at once. That’s why it’s important to include life skills like household chores as part of our homeschool days.

Are you struggling trying to get your children involved in household chores? Or perhaps your children WANT to help with chores, and you aren’t sure which tasks are appropriate. If you are looking for ways to make the chore process something everyone can take responsibility in, take a look below at 7 ways to include children in household chores. Getting the whole family involved doesn’t have to be a struggle, and it can in fact be quite rewarding for all.

7 ways to include children in household chores ~ hsbapost.com

7 Ways to Include Children in Household Chores

1.  Create a visual chore chart.

A chore chart can help children see what is expected of them, and they can even track their progress on such a chart. List their jobs (or include photos for younger children) and let them check off jobs as they are done. Stickers or a small treat at the end of the week makes a great reward as well. There are lots of chore chart options, including one like this dry erase board:

 

2. Create a basket of kid friendly supplies.

Create a small bucket or basket of kid friendly and safe cleaning supplies for kids to use. Give them scrubber brushes, sponges, dusting wipes, and other items they are capable of using. They will like having their own little bucket of supplies like mom and dad. You can even put their name on it!

3. Model your expectations.

Simply saying, “sweep the kitchen” isn’t enough instruction for a child. Be sure to model what you expect out of them. Show them how you get the broom from the closet, how you start at one end of the kitchen and go to the other, and how you discard the crumbs you sweep up. Then, show how you return the broom to the closet. By having a visual demonstration, they can better accomplish the job and understand it.

4. Start by assigning children jobs in their own space.

A great place to start giving chores is in their own bedroom. This way they can take ownership of the space and enjoy their hard work when done. Simple jobs such as making the bed, picking up laundry, and picking toys up off the floor are perfect for chore newbies. A cleaning flip chart like Zone Cleaning for Kids or Bedroom Cleaning for Kids might help you with this.

Bedroom Cleaning for Kids flip chart

 

5. Motivate with music.

Music is a great way to motivate children to do chores. Who doesn’t like dancing while they dust? Put on some fun tunes to make the job go quickly. If you have to clean, you might as well have fun while you are doing it.

Veggie Tales Sing-Along and Silly Songs are some of our favorites. Try these for fun:

 

 

6. Explain why we have chores.

Things don’t always make sense to kids, so understanding why we need to have chores and keep a tidy house may be confusing. Explain to kids why chores are so important, and why taking care of our space is so essential. You can even talk about what would happen if no one cleaned up after themselves. If they see a need and reason behind chores, they will be more apt to do them and care for the space they live in.

7. Behold the power of praise.

When you see your child perform chores without being asked, praise them. Praise them for a job well done and for caring about their space and their belongings. Praise is a powerful motivator and a great way to encourage them to keep up the good work.

If you are ready to get your children more active with household chores and tasks, consider this list of suggestions. You might find they are perfect for helping kids not only get involved in the process, but understand it a little better as well.

 

How do you include your kids in household chores?

Sara (151 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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