Finding Balance as a Writer and Home Schooling Parent

3 years ago
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Life is all about finding balance, however, once you do it always seems to change.  I recently went back to work. All the kids were in school and my days belonged to me. After a long summer, it was nice to own a chunk of my time again. And I was looking forward to some extra spending money for books and cupcakes. I mean clothes and school supplies for the kids.

It all started out well, there was a nice balance between work, home, and kids. Then slowly things began to shift. My work hours stretched just enough that I had to scramble with school drop-offs and pick-ups. It was inconvenient, but we adjusted.  We found a new balance. The longer hours wore on me more than I cared to admit but still. Balance.

Then we had issues at school that quickly escalated from "nuisance level" to "crisis" level" and all the balance went out the window.  That's how these things go, right? I was left with no choice other than to remove both my younger children from public school.

Ultimately, between stress and necessity I was forced to resign from my job as a bookseller. It was a little heartbreaking and a little relieving all at once.  I loved working in the bookstore but with the hours getting longer and longer it was disrupting our household.

This was not the ideal turnout, but it is in the best interest of my family and that's the priority, right? So now, as we delve back into the world of homeschooling, we are looking for a new balance.

The kids and I are working together to build a schedule that meets all of our needs and I am able to my focus back on writing. These are the things I love; writing, teaching my kids, tending to my home. It's just all about finding balance.

 

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