Home schooling when both parents have to work from home

A challenge of homeschooling can be balancing teaching responsibilities with working from home. If you have a partner, you’ll need to consider who does what. Plan ahead, stay flexible, and use schedules to help.

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Decide on your approach together

It’s natural to want to prioritise our own deadlines or work responsibilities. But remember you only have a limited amount of energy. Think about how you and your partner can balance everyone’s needs where possible.

Start with a family or parents’ chat to discuss how to make things work for all of you. You could consider:

  • What does a school day look like? Will your child spread work and breaks throughout the day, or concentrate on school work during the morning?
  • Can you and your partner take turns? For instance, one could spend the morning with the children, and then swap over in the afternoon. That way you both get some dedicated work time.
  • Can your manager help? Talk to your employers about flexible work patterns, workloads and deadlines.

Plan ahead

Schedules can help everyone know what they’re doing.

  • If they’re old enough, give children activities to do on their own while you both get on with work.
  • Schedule important work tasks during your dedicated work period if you can. For instance, arrange to make phone calls while your partner looks after the children.

Be flexible with home schooling

Don’t get disheartened if getting to grips with home schooling feels like a challenge. Aim to be flexible. Sometimes school work won’t get done when or how you plan. Just try to fit it in again the next day.

If it helps, think about different routines. Could you work when the children go to bed? Or try a much shorter school day to give both parents time to work? Compromise where you can and be patient with each other.

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