HSP 043 Tonia Lyons: Balancing Homeschool and Home


It’s an age-old question that keeps homeschool moms up at night — how do you homeschool and get the housework done too? For the most part, you can’t do it all. If you do a great job with homeschooling and housework then you really won’t have time for anything else — like a life. As homeschool moms we have to learn the hard lesson of letting our standards down a bit.

Having said that, there are strategies we can use to make things easier. Tonia Lyons has figured out a few of those strategies and is here to share them with us today. From kitchens, to bathrooms, to laundry let’s find a few ways to keep on top of the chaos.

HSP 43 Tonia Lyons: Balancing Homeschool and Home

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  • Shanna says:

    Hi Pam
    I am not on FB or anything so I still have to leave comments the old fashioned way!

    Just started this podcast and I wanted to say that if housework was a big three layer birthday cake with frosting and sprinkles and a cherry, help every two weeks would just be the sprinkles. I am sure you are still doing the work of two people like the rest of us homeschool moms. Or three people.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Yes, I still do plenty. And I still let a lot slide that I wish I didn’t. But I never want people to think I am superwoman over here. I do everything I do (around the house and online) because I have lots of help. 🙂

  • Sandy Spence says:

    I think my favorite comments in this were about the “non-academic” child. I have two of them. 🙁 I believe that is the toughest thing of homeschooling because there is this impression (and subtle pressure from other comparing moms) that there is something wrong if you don’t have super academic kids. My 11 year old daughter wanted to know if she had to go to college. How’s that for a conversation that warms a mom’s heart?! It’s these non-academic topics that have been pretty consistent these days with us. I’m not trying to produce a “product”-I’m allowing God to mold and shape a unique individual and equip them with the skills to learn whatever it is in that He leads them. I really don’t feel like it will be a failure if my kids don’t go to college, but I sure know some homeschooling mamas that will look down their nose at me for saying that. Maybe a topic for your podcast one day? The non-academic homeschool! 🙂

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