Monday, 7 November 2011

Balancing Act - Work vs Homeschool

Another weekend gone and another new week started.  The time really does fly when your having fun!

Woken up at 5.30 am again this morning by my beautiful little red headed firecracker Rosie (2 years old) I am struggling to keep my eyes open this morning and rather desperately wish I drank coffee!  I am only glad that on top of everything else I don't have a school run to rush and around and get ready for.

I always knew I wanted to home school but when the idea first planted itself I was married with a secure home and income (well as secure as these things can be).  Basically though the hubby would work and I was to home school.  When my marriage broke down shortly before little Rosie was born I realised to home school now was going to be really difficult.   How to be bread winner, Mum and teacher now seemed to pose an absolute mountain of impossibilities.

KidzGrab I hope will hope with the bread winner side of things but no amount of financial security can help with how to split your time into enough pieces to make sure all your family are getting what they need from you.

Charlotte home schools next to me on her own desk attached to mine.  It has the advantage that with me working too I am setting the ultimate example!!  Little Rosie is set up on the coffee table come activity station with drawing and craft.  At the moment it is doable, hard but doable.  My office staff found it all very strange but have grown used to them being around, I have even caught them teaching and drawing with them (even though they should be working he he ). 

It really is a hard one though the work/personal life balancing act and in all that then trying to find that precious 'me' time is the holy grail.  Not as important to me as it is to the people around me who have my health and sanity in their hearts!  I am glad and grateful to have folks who nudge me to take time off, who have the girls so I can take in a movie.  Without family support I am not sure how anything is possible and I am more thankful for family than anything else in the world!

Signing off     Kate x


  1. I would love to have a conversation about homeschooling with you. We are looking at it for my daughter next year and don't even know where to start with all the information out there!

  2. I would love to share Sterryn, love talking about it!! Where do you live? I ask because the best place I found to start was joining one of the very awesome local homeschooling groups, I know a few of them so would happily point you in the right direction. They offer wonderful support as well as different groups that meet up for you and your little one.

    I love home schooling, it's harder at the moment but I really do find it a joy. I can't imagine not having them around all the time. I know it's not for everyone and I totally respect that but we love it!

    Would love to help out if I can so ask away!

  3. Thanks Kate :) We live in Whangaparaoa, so point away :) I have just put my name down to attend the Auckland Home Educators information evening in early December so hopefully that will help a bit. It seems awfully scary, but I can't imagine sending my precious little girl off to school in a few months. We are definitely keen to give it a go even though the idea of it scares me half to death :)

  4. We are in Hatfields Beach, we should meet up for a coffee!!

    AHE is a great place to start, they have been so awesome. Check out all the various Yahoo groups too, so many different clubs and meet ups going on all over the place.

    I figure no one knows your child the way you do. It is scary when you first think about it, now I love it!! The great thing is if you change you mind later down the track you can. Life is all a bit of an experiment!

  5. I would love to meet up for coffee! It would be great to actually sit down and talk to someone that is doing it. Was disappointed that AHE evening is now cancelled until January - but no real rush :) Will contact you via Facebook regarding coffee :)

  6. Awesome or email me


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