Learning from home with two working parents: Some think it can’t be done, or is only for the supermoms and superdads. But we’re here to tell you that this is an attainable goal. Kids can #LearnEverywhere — even in a home with moms and dads who work.
“Nothing I do here is permanent”
In the fall, a working mom looked at the options available to her kids to determine what would be best for her family. You can read her thoughts about the different models she explored and how she landed on a microschool for her learners. She said that perhaps the most important lesson was that she didn’t “have to pick from the options presented to me. After a bit of research, it became clear that I can opt out of my traditional school for just this year (or even part of the year in some districts), and I can come back at will. Immediately, I felt a weight lifted from my shoulders. Nothing I do here is permanent. In fact, a little experimentation might be fun.”
“What do I actually want for my kids when it comes to school?”
When COVID-19 brought education upheaval, mom Lindsey Elderkin says she realized that virtual learning wasn’t working, and it wasn’t what she wanted for her kids. That got her thinking: “What do I actually want for my kids when it comes to school?” She recalls, “I’ve always wanted to provide my kids with the best education; to make them happy with whatever they want to be. Sadly, it took a pandemic for me to realize I hadn’t really ever considered all the options for what that education might look like.”
Unable to juggle work and multiple virtual schedules for her kids, she started to look into homeschooling. She fell in love with the idea of homeschooling the more she learned about it. “The constraints and knowns of school fall away and I’m left with something more innocent, more exciting, more custom-tailored to my family.”
If you’re feeling inspired but need some practical help, check out this advice from the University of Connecticut on how to manage working and educating at home.