First off, if you’re a homeschool mom, I consider you a work at home mom. Homeschooling IS A JOB. It’s work. It takes up a LOT OF TIME. It’s not like the homeschooling happens by accident in between the breakfast dishes and that last sweep through the house after the kids are in bed.
I’m a homeschool mom, a lawyer, a writer, a speaker, and a volunteer homeschool advocate, so yeah…I have a lot of things that I juggle. People ask me how I do it, and my number one answer is that I have learned good time management. But I’m also a high energy person. Each person is going to have a different level of activity that they’re comfortable with. I think as moms we are all busy, it’s just a matter of what we’re doing. We juggle. I feel like I juggle things pretty well (most of the time). But my laundry pile is always HUGE.
Lisa Tanner has nine kids AND homeschools AND writes. She’s juggling. She’s like elite circus level juggling.
When someone who is elite circus level juggling asks, “Who needs some tips to juggle work life and home life?” I’m over here waving my hand and saying, “Pick me! Me!” I’m always ready to hear something that might help me keep all these balls in the air.
Lisa Tanner’s course is called “Balancing Diapers and Deadlines,” and my kids are well out of diapers, but that’s fine. It’s really just about being a mom and balancing all the stuff that goes with mixing work and kids. Learning time management is the key to balancing all your responsibilities.
The course gives so many tips, but what stood out for me the most was the tips on transitioning from working when the kids are asleep to working with the kids. I’d like my kids to learn entrepreneurship, and it makes sense to have them learn first-hand from me. Learning to work in a business is a really valuable life skill, after all.
This is a $50 course full of written content (not video or audio). There are worksheets, printables, and stuff to get you started right away. One of them is called “100 Quick Tasks to Grow Your Business” and it’s very helpful. These are the course contents (I did complete the course, but you have to manually check off what you completed and I didn’t manually check everything – it’s nice to have the option because there are a lot of activities that you’re supposed to do, and this way you can check off the lesson not just when you’ve read it but also when you’ve done the activity):
Each of the above units contains a bunch of lessons. There are so many tips that there’s no way I could incorporate everything in just a few weeks. My main focus at the moment is that I want to create an actual chore schedule for my kids and then stick with it. Part of my problem with having the kids do chores is that they never do the chores the way I want them done, so I end up re-doing what they did and it actually takes me longer to have them “help” with chores than if I just did them myself. Lisa Tanner’s suggestion is to just let it be. Don’t re-do what the kids did. Eventually, they’ll get better, and I can just leave it how they did it.
I am already doing some of the things that she says, like rather than trying to get everything on a “to do” list done, you should prioritize so that you get done what NEEDS to be done, and then work on whatever you can with the rest of the time. This is realistic when you’re like me and you always have more “to dos” than you could possibly get done in a day. Or week. Or month. Or year.
The only format thing I wish I could change about this course is that I would prefer the ability to just print the whole thing off and then read it on paper. I read a lot of kindle and online stuff, but when I do a written course like this I prefer to print it out so I can mark it up with notes. The worksheets here are helpful but I’m a “whole picture” sort of person and I like to see everything at once first, then go in to the pieces. I think most people are the opposite of that, though.
You can find all the courses here: