Guest contributor – Shari McMinn
The landscape of family living shifted significantly this spring when every school in our nation physically closed due to Covid19, with associated social distancing and ‘stay at home’ government orders. Public and private PK-12 schools, even colleges, transitioned students to learn at home, mostly on computers. Suddenly, working parents also came home to work remotely when possible, and began to supervise their children’s education on a daily basis — probably with some inconvenience and frustration. Overnight, families were together every day, all day, all week, and still are. Life was turned upside down, inside out! Ouch!
Many parents are befuddled, overwhelmed, or simply lost in the translation of instantly being in-charge of their children 24/7/365, forced to become teaching assistants who have to now ensure schoolwork is complete, turned-in on time, or else! And, they still have to work to provide for their families. How is it all possible?
Life for our family didn’t really change much. You see, we have been a home-business + home-schooling family for 27 years. I still got up every morning to care for my family, working from home in my part-time position as an editor and advertising manager for a Christian non-profit, and supervising my children’s homeschooling. My three teens continued learning with textbooks, workbooks, hands-on projects, and some computer work. In addition to my home-business work and their home-school work, we went to town less often for groceries and appointments, staying home even more than ever before. But, life went on pretty much the same as before, and it was good, really good.
Many of my friends have been asking me how I do what I do. It’s not rocket science, so I answer their questions honestly. It is not hard for interested families to replicate our lifestyle, adjusting to their own unique needs. With some organization, time and resource management, and implementation of a routine that is steady yet flexible, every family member can begin to thrive.
Home-business + Homeschooling have fit together well for thousands of years. Today is no different. Are you interested in how it can be accomplished?
I know many parents, especially moms, have lots of questions about how they can get their work done for their home-business, plus home-schooling, and not lose their sanity, their marriage, even their personal life. A friend asked me to record a video for her women’s business group she leads. It is a very informal talk for interested moms – married, single, or widowed. I scripted it to make viewers feel like they were just sitting across from me in my home office, picking my brain about how I do my life.
Direct, humorous, practical, simple. I hope you’ll download it and watch through to the end in about an hour. If a child interrupts you, just stop the video, help your child, then start it up again.
That is one of the important topics I discuss — how our interruptions are part of our work, and it’s okay. Really, it’s okay. Because we are the Mom.
About the Author
Veteran homeschooler of 27 years and mom to 11, Shari McMinn lives out her life based on the Proverbs 31 woman. Upon becoming a widow quite unexpectedly, she remained on the path her husband had set for their family and home-based businesses. Now a published author of self-help, non-fiction genre books, she is also a public speaker on topics ranging from adoption to working widowhood. Shari continues to homeschool her three youngest who are high school teens, love and guide her adult children, and inspire others with her practical application of Biblical principles for today’s families.