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Frustrations of a work-at-home, homeschooling mama

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve been really frustrated lately. My boys really don’t want to do their schoolwork and I’m too busy working that I can’t help them like I should. And, since my sweet hubby is still out of a job (over 2 years now), I feel like I need to work as much as I can so we can pay our bills, buy food, etc. You know, the “stuff of life.”

So, my problem is, how do I do it all and not feel like a failure at everything? My boys don’t want ┬áto do schoolwork – or at least they don’t want to put forth the effort they should. They’re content to zip right through it and, of course, end up with VERY BAD grades. This leads to more work for me because I have to correct their work and have them re-do it. I guess I could just let them get the bad grades, but I KNOW they can do better. They are both very smart boys. They simply do not apply themselves.

Because I feel like I have to make up for hubby not working, I work A LOT. Many hours are spent in front of my computer. The kids say I work too much, my hubby says I work too much, but I don’t really feel like I have much of a choice. Since hubby doesn’t have a job, and hasn’t been able to find one, someone needs to work. Guess it has to be me since the kids are too young. :)

And don’t even get me started on the kids’ chores. They fuss whenever they are asked to do anything. I’m about to tell them if they don’t work, they don’t eat. That IS in the Bible, but I think there might be problems if we try to enforce it.

I’m sure I’m not the only homeschooling mom who also works from home. I just don’t know how they handle everything. I know it HAS to be possible, I just don’t know how.

Any suggestions?



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