I used to review curriculum, now I create it

#45 Balancing Work and Homeschool

Planning speaking engagements and presentations, writing curriculum and books, blog posts, live videos, responding to comments and emails, creating courses… this is my life. This is what I do into the wee hours of the morning, this is what I do when my kids are sleeping or playing outside. This is what I do instead of hanging out with friends or watching a show in the evening: I work. Thankfully I am passionate about my work and most days, I love it with all my heart. But it doesn’t change the fact that I am more than just my work. I am also the world to my 5 kids, I am the world to my husband, I am involved in ministry and I have friendships that I value and a house that is always calling my name. To say I am busy is quite simply an understatement.

But somewhere in the midst of the chaos I also have to find time to homeschool. And somewhere in the midst of all of this chaos I am re-evaluating everything. Like the midlife crisis of a middle aged man I am asking myself “why” for everything. I am digging deep within to make sure that the direction I am headed is where I want to be. I am over halfway there, time is short, what am I doing?

Today’s podcast episode is about balancing work and homeschool. I don’t talk about managing your home and cooking good meals, I just talk about priorities, limitations and choosing between your head and your heart. Some people have the luxury of doing both, moms who work do not. We have to be vicious in our decision making, cut-throat. We can’t hold onto something because we want to or because we feel obligated. Every decision has to be checked and balanced with our goals, priorities and limitations. Sometimes we need to say yes, a lot of times we need to say no.

Balancing work and homeschool (my musings)

Take a peek inside my homeschool planner

I snapped a few pictures of my homeschool planner from the last few days to show you my heart on paper. We will still use curriculum, I am not sure what yet, but I want them to be tools in my belt, not something we have to do.

Balancing Work and Homeschool

Big picture and tools in my belt

We want to incorporate all those amazing Charlotte Mason principles and create a feast of education, but we can’t do it all so I created a loop in a kind of artistic way to show how we can alternate some of those extra things that we don’t need to do every day. On the bottom I show what we could do more often/on our school days.

Balancing Work and Homeschool

Balancing Work and Homeschool

I feel compelled to find the beauty of art and journaling even for myself

Links mentioned in todays episode

It is now the next day and I honestly can’t remember what links I mentioned other than speaking. If you want to hear me speak, you can see the US conventions I am in here or come and listen to me at AHEA in Alberta!

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Balancing Work and Homeschool


  1. Thank you for such wonderful podcasts!
    I would like to point out, that not everyone that works from home, has a flexible schedule. Many of us work from home for employers that have a mandatory schedule. I work for a major health insurance company from 9-5 Monday through Friday, from home.

    • I would like to ask, with this schedule are you able to find time to homeschool? Have you been able to make it work? What is your schedule or daily rhythm like? Thank you so much!

  2. It’s a handy article for those who have problems with time management. I definitely will use some of these tips. According to my experience, it’s hard to achieve an ideal balance, and sometimes I use where I can find some assistance with complicated tasks. I try to help my children with their homework tasks, and it’s a little bit similar to homeschooling despite the fact that they visit classes. Everyone needs some professional help.

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