One question I field quite a bit is how I blog while homeschooling a bunch of kids. Usually I hem-and-haw and try to avoid answering. However it occurred to me it’s a great example of how I organize, or don’t organize, my day.
How I Blog while Homeschooling
Over the last couple of years I’ve tried several different approaches to blogging while homeschooling. I’ve discovered there’s really no perfect time or place for blogging.
For a time I was homeschooling during the children’s quiet time. However it’s not working well now for many reasons. The kids get into a touch of mischief during quiet time.
Namely my youngest sneaks into his sister’s room so they can play together. My husband also gets chatty after lunch. It always leaves me feeling rude if I insist upon writing, but nothing gets written if I don’t. Decisions, decisions….
After Children’s Bedtime
Another time I’ve used is the few hours between the little ones’ bedtime and my bedtime. My husband and teens are usually relaxing downstairs. The little ones are tucked into bed. No one needs me. You’d think it would be an awesome time for blogging! After all quite a few other bloggers swear by these hours.
Not for me. I’m exhausted. It’s hard to think. To be honest, I’m a morning person. Evening only works when I accidentally run behind and have a post due in the morning.
Rising with the Sun
Getting up early has worked the best for me. I’m alert. Coffee is running through my system. The house is quiet.
However have you ever tried to get up early? The alarm goes off and the warm bed beckons you back. You crawl back into bed for just a few minutes. The next thing you know the kids are jumping on the bed yelling, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”
The early morning writing time has just disappeared.
Library and Coffee Shops
The very best solution I’ve found is to head down to the library or a coffee shop for a few hours. It’s quiet. No one wants my attention.
Even in the library I can bring in a cup of coffee and just write for a time. In fact I’ve discovered if the posts are outlined, I can write quite a few posts in the few hours I’m curled up at the library.
However despite what I mentioned in my find time for yourself post, I always feel guilty heading down. Do you? It’s like I’m deserting my family and leaving them to fend for themselves. So I avoid making a weekly appointment with myself.
Miracle Morning for Writers
About two weeks ago I was browsing Amazon. Guess what I discovered? Miracle Morning for Writers!
The book goes through and describes an awesome method for becoming a morning person. I quickly read through the book and implemented it immediately. It works! The alarm is going off. I’m getting out of bed and staying up.
Then I head downstairs, start coffee, and have a couple hours to write. Even my youngest children, at 5 and 6, are content getting up in the morning and playing for a time. So if you’re wondering when I find time to blog while homeschooling a large family?
Make Time for What’s Important
As moms it’s important we make time for what’s important to us. We have time for the projects we find important and to follow our passions. The best time may vary over the years as the family changes.
Make time for yourself. Find time to learn, time to study, and time to grow as a person.
You and your family will be happier if you make time for your personal passions.