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I wish there was an orientation session for new stay at home moms. Especially those of us who are transitioning from full time work outside the home.
Seriously. Like here is an informational packet on living off of one income instead of two. Oh and here is one on how to plan your days around food and other people’s bathroom habits. And don’t forget this hefty binder on how to still feel useful and productive in your new role as a stay at home mom (SAHM for those of you acronym lovin’ mommas).
Sadly we don’t get anything like that. But isn’t that what Pinterest and Google are for??
And since you really want to test your sanity, and have those outside your household wonder if you have really gone off the deep end, let’s throw in an unexpected calling to homeschool your new brood. (If you are interested in homeschooling but have no idea where to start head over here for a quick beginner’s guide!)
So what’s a momma to do?
Before you do anything, you need to make sure you are in the right mindset. Know that what you do as a homeschooling SAHM is a job.
So many times you hear people say something to the effect of “Oh, so you’ve left the workforce to stay home?” Um… no.
You haven’t left the workforce. You have joined the ranks of the most rewarding workforce there is.
Step 1… Make A Schedule
Start simple. Come up with your own daily schedule.
Be sure to account for: homeschool lessons, meals, chores, and time for errands.
Don’t stress it if things get a little chaotic and start to veer off schedule (this is especially true for breastfeeding mommas). Just take a deep breath and jump back into the schedule where you can. Trust me, nobody is going to judge you if you clean the bathroom at 8 pm instead of 9 am because junior was having a meltdown over what color straw you gave him with his chocolate milk…
Step 2… Create a system
Once you have your daily schedule under control, you are ready to tackle the four main cornerstones of being a homeschooling SAHM: Homeschool Planning. Scheduling. Budgeting. Meal Planning.
Homeschooling To Homemaking Life Planner is a Christian faith-based planner that helps you navigate the (sometimes chaotic) life of a homeschooling SAHM. It is delivered to you as a PDF with over 200 pages of organizational printables to get your mom life in order.
Most SAHMs take on the responsibility of keeping the family on a budget. It’s a great way to contribute to the family, while at the same time taking some of the financial pressure off of your hubby’s shoulders.
To effectively manage the family’s finances you will need a system. Whether you are use a spreadsheet, an envelope system, or sticky notes, you’ll need to find a system that you will actually use. That beautifully color coordinated spreadsheet isn’t much good if you never actually open the file.
The same is true for feeding your family. If you do not have a plan or a system in place you will almost certainly go over your grocery budget every time. My go to meal planning system uses sticky notes (just like my budgeting system).
Step 3… Take Pride In Your Work
You are the family’s chef, financial planner, teacher, principal, referee (hey, someone has to break up the fight over who gets to check the mail today – seriously an every day occurrence at my house), nurse, religious guide, cleaner, toy repair specialist, hug giver, and snack holder.
There might be part of you that still feels like you aren’t doing enough for the family. Society is making you feel like you need to be out of the house working – paying for daycare and sitters to raise your kiddos. But trust me, your kids aren’t going to remember or care about the trinkets you could or couldn’t buy them. What they will remember is who was there for all of high-five lightbulb moments during homeschool time and who was there to for all those extra cuddles in the morning.
As a SAHM you are employed – by God – to care for your children and your husband.
In fact, the book of Proverbs (31:28-29 NLT) speaks of the intangible rewards we receive for our hard work in the home:
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
Take pride in that. You provide for your family the love and structure they need to thrive.
Own. Your. Role.
More on the Homeschooling To Homemaking LIfe Planner:
With this planner you are able to:
- plan out each child’s homeschool year and track their progress
- record attendance and curriculum for the 2019 – 2020 school year
- keep track of your family’s busy schedule with a 13 month calendar from August 2019 to September 2020
- keep track of your household cleaning
- record important Bible verse each month along with monthly mom goals
- manage the family’s finances and (finally) stick to a budget
- keep a record of important dates, addresses, and login information
- effectively meal plan for two weeks at a time – minimizing trips to the grocery store and gas money spent getting there
- start a family meal journal
The regular price for this homeschooling SAHM life planner is $30… but because the 2019 – 2020 school year is now upon us it is selling for 70% off the cover price!
If you are ready to get your household organized, all you have to do is click the link below to get your digital copy of the Homeschooling To Homemaking Life Planner sent right to your email!