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Everyday Homeschooling: Working Homeschool Mom

About 2 months ago I asked you guys if anyone would be interested in being interviewed for a series on my blog about what homeschooling looks like for YOU. I think the more we can see what “normal” is for other homeschoolers, the better we will feel about our own homeschool days and how they are unique to us. I had responses and then I got busy and they sat, judging me with their little PDF symbols: “Rebecca… follow through”. So alas, I am sitting in Starbucks, in the middle of the summer, bundled in a sweater because the AC is blowing right on me, avoiding going home because it is so quiet here and my husband said I could stay a little longer… and THIS is what I am going to do!

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Today I am going to introduce you to Lori from Derry, New Hampshire. She is a working homeschool mom of 2 and owns an Etsy shop, In A Lather Bath Art. She is going to share what homeschooling looks like for her, why she chose to homeschool, and some of the challenges she faces. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE comment, ask questions, and let her know if you can relate to her (and if anyone else is interested in being interviewed, I am hoping to do this on a regular basis).

How many kids do you have, what are their ages and how long have you been homeschooling?
I have two children, Zack, who is 12 and Cailee who is 9. This will be our third year homeschooling.

Why did you decide to homeschool?
I decided to homeschool both my children because having one child who is special needs, I began noticing the public school system failing him and in turn, his self esteem became crushed; he was coming home after school crying and calling himself “dumb”. That absolutely broke my heart. As much as I argued with his teachers about their lack of help for my son, it got me only more and more frustrated. I had no other choice but to take charge of his future and not fail him as a Mom and I pulled both children. My daughter I felt was just a number in huge classes of children and was losing her enthusiasm for learning and becoming more and more discouraged. This has been the very best decision for us and we will never turn back; only look forward to a brighter future!

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What does a typical homeschool day look like for you?
A typical homeschool day for us consists of our major core subjects in the morning. These include reading, writing, math, spelling, history/geography, and science. Our afternoons are saved for music and art and activities with our homeschool group that I run locally.

Do you have a homeschool style and if so, what is it?
My homeschool style is a combination between Relaxed and Charlotte Mason.

What is your biggest challenge with homeschooling?
Surprisingly, my biggest challenge with homeschooling is having SO many subjects and curriculum that I want to be able to teach and fit in a year that may not always happen. I always want both children to learn as much as they possibly can.

What is your favorite part about homeschooling?
I have many favorite parts about homeschooling, but if I had to pick just one, it would be being able to have a front row seat in watching my children grow and learn with every homeschool day!

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Do you plan in advance or wing every day?
Because I am such a planner and almost WAY too organized, I HAVE to plan in advance! I usually have next years homeschool curriculum already purchased about a month before our last day of homeschool which is usually the end of May. Both children work better with structure and consistency.

How long does a typical day take for you?
A typical homeschool day usually takes about 4-5 hours, depending on what subjects we are doing for that particular day and how focused both children are.

What would you tell someone who is new or just thinking about homeschooling?
My advice to anyone who is new to homeschooling or even considering homeschooling would be to try staying positive, even on your worst day when your children aren’t as motivated as you know they can be, have faith in your ability as a Mom that YES, you CAN do this and no, you do not need to have that degree in math or teaching to homeschool your child. Find strength and support in the homeschool community.

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What do you think? Questions for Lori? Comments? Chime in below!


  1. Hi,
    I am definitely considering homeschooling. My children actually want to be homeschooled go figure! I am leary though about becoming overwhelmed with not being able to teach them. Any advice for that? Also thank you so much for your honesty. I enjoyed reading your blog.

    • I felt the same way. This is our 2nd year homeschooling. I’ve got 3 of my 4 being homeschooled. I just use a curriculum that lays it all out for me! Don’t worry! You can do this!!!

  2. I love the idea of core subjects in the morning and saving art and music for he afternoon. Thank you for the encouragement and sharing your story!

  3. I am excited to see your reply Lori! While our homeschool day looks different in some ways, as well as my approach, I LOVE to read others stories. They inspire, encourage and at times spawn ideas for our schooling. Thank you for sharing!

  4. MATH is often the subject most people feel the least confident about – and the one kids complain about the most!

    I enjoy teaching my child math through play to keep engagement levels high. Learning by playing a game is the best way for a kid to teach themselves a new math concept such as positive & negative numbers.
    I’ve also found some fun picture books that weren’t around when I was a kid –

  5. Thanks so much to Rebecca and Lori, for sharing her homeschooling experience, am also an homeschooling mum of three and I can relate to you experience. Thumbs up

  6. Wow! Thank you to everyone who has left such wonderful comments! I’m so happy to be able to inspire many of you!

  7. Tassia,
    It’s definitely understandable to feel overwhelmed at the thought of not being able to teach your children. I think as parents, that is one of many concerns. After all, we are our children’s teacher and want the very best for them. Join a local homeschool group; one that offers classes together in the subjects you may feel unable to teach. I began my own group which now has over 200 members! I began offering different subject classes that a group of parents and children attend. Do lots of research and reading for different teaching strategies that work for you and your children. Look for that support from other homeschooling families. :). I hope this gives you some confidence and inspiration that you CAN do this!

  8. Sara,

    I still have self doubt at times and you know what? It’s ok! That’s you being a super-great Mom who wants to be able to give your children your 100%! Surround yourself with those that support you and your decision; those veteran homeschoolers and hey, even the ones that are just beginning! We are all here with one common goal 🙂

    • Hi Valerie! Great question! I’ll check orders in the morning before we begin school and figure out what needs to be done and shipped out. When the kids are working independently, that’s when I get in some time to work on each order. Whatever doesn’t get completed is saved for after dinner. It sounds overwhelming, but it’s all about balance 🙂

      • I should also add that my wonderful husband helps run our business while being our homeschool group music teacher!

    • Amy, super question! I know many single moms who are part of my homeschool group and they are doing great with the support of all of us members! I believe anyone in any situation; single, married, working or a stay at home mom is able to homeschool their children.

  9. Lori,
    Thank you for sharing your story! One of my main reasons for homeschooling was also feeling like the kids were just a number, someone to be taught the exact same thing as everyone else regardless of ability. I wanted more than that for my kids.

    • Hi Kelly! Great minds think alike! It’s an amazing feeling knowing you’re in control of your child’s future by homeschooling!

  10. Love your answer for your biggest challenge and favorite part of homeschooling because I agree completely. I’m eclectic with a CM flair. Lol. Our schedule sounds similar to yours, but my husband works shift work, so we do family subject when he works and then when he is off, I get time alone with him while kids work in individual stuff like math, typing, personal readers. Basically things they can do without me. It has helped to keep the days from being so mundane and that also helps to have family days withou dealing with math. Otherwise, our homes sound a lot alike. I even plan and buy for the next year before the current year is finished too. God Bless.

  11. I would love to be interviewed as a work from home homeschool mom with a public school teacher husband! I feel like I have a unique experience but at the same time lots of homeschool mom’s work from home and can relate. Thanks for this series. Looks awesome!

  12. Just like you, I am a working mother, and I cannot always help my children with their homework. I often look for useful materials both for myself and for children. I even found free essay writing coupons.

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