I have been thinking a lot about the past year and how we deal with the juggle of homeschooling and working from home. It is really tough and a lot of parents are struggling. We have tried 2 different tactics during this time, the first lockdown was different to this time around. Here are my tips on how to manage the juggle and some interesting stats from parents who are currently trying to master the juggle!

So, not only is it a struggle homeschooling and homeworking, altogether, in the same house. It is a complete mess too.

The first lockdown we took it very seriously and if I am honest, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Daddy would start work in the early hours of the morning until lunchtime, whilst I play teacher with the kids. Then we would swap over and I would work through until the late hours in the evening. It didn’t feel sustainable, and the light at the end of the tunnel kept moving further back. We managed to keep that going from 23 March 2020 right through to the end of July. It was tiring. The relief of the school holidays, but the panic of “what do we do with the kids now”. We managed lots of beach days, long walks and outdoors times.

This time around we haven’t got the luxury of splitting our days up like before. I am in a job that requires my attention and Hubby is rounding down his job as he starts a new one in April. He is very excited about this. We are also working in a smaller, more confined space, as the conservatory isn’t available because of the cold. We are literally having to work, and keep the kids controlled at the same time. It is really hard work, I definitely feel guilty to both the kids and my employer. It’s a horrible mental juggle everyday. The teachers have told us to get the kids to push back any questions to them, so that’s what we do.

I received these stats the other day and I thought they were really interesting. Glassdoorยฎ conducted a survey of 2,004 parents who are doing the juggle. I completely relate too as I feel the first 2 are completely how I feel.

  • 43% of employees working from home and homeschooling feel that they are not doing a good job for their employer
  • 39% of employees admit they often ignore their children while working from home
  • Typical homeworker interrupted 6 times per day by children
    • 20% of employees working from home lock themselves in a room in order to cope with the stress of having children in the house all day

I am really hopeful that lockdown will start to ease soon and we will have a little more freedom, oh and the kiddies will go back to school. We should find out relatively soon whether the restrictions are going to be lifted which will hopefully ease of these pressures that parents are facing right now; ease the juggle of homeschooling.

What do you think?

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  • A French Mum in England
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    And I can see you have a piano: who is playing? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Margaret Gallagher
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Certainly been chaotic ! Hoping for more normal mow shools are back

  • laura hayes
    Friday, May 28, 2021

    This was tough. This mamma learnt some new school skills though lol

  • ashleigh allan
    Friday, September 3, 2021

    It was certainly a juggling act!

  • AndiG
    Monday, September 13, 2021

    I am so glad that all the homeschooling is over, it was soo hard

  • Laura
    Saturday, October 9, 2021

    Iโ€™m so glad homeschooling is over, it seemed almost impossible to work and do homeschooling at the same time

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    Saturday, October 9, 2021

    In some ways I miss the days of the children being at home during the school lockdown, although I think we can all agree that we are far more productive whilst they are at school

  • Rebecca Mercer
    Monday, October 18, 2021

    Itโ€™s been tough I got a new job in the middle of lockdown which I found hard working from home new job and home school

  • Abi Birch
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    I absolutely feel this! Home schooling was hard enough.. But working at the same time…

  • Emma Hussain
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

    Iโ€™m fortunate not to be working, we decided it worked so well for us that we deregistered our children and Iโ€™ve carried on home educating. Thereโ€™s a 40% increase in home Ed in my area alone

  • Amanda Botterill
    Thursday, December 23, 2021

    I was so lucky because my foster son has special needs and was allowed to continue attending his school

  • Christine Churchley
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Lock down was so hard for all of us but I’m glad you got through it all OK x

  • Natalie Crossan
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    I really hope home-schooling doesn’t come back, I felt like buying my daughters teacher the most expensive hamper I could find because I could not imagine that x 30 every day – they really are heroes!

  • Asima
    Saturday, January 8, 2022

    It is so hard to get the balance right. I struggled with homeschooling because my son required alot of one to one help.

  • Sally Collingwood
    Sunday, January 9, 2022

    Homeworking and Homeschooling together is really challenging, glad I don’t have to do it anymore.

  • Jeanette Leighton
    Sunday, January 16, 2022

    I really could not home school im really hoping it never happens again

  • Wendy Lam-Vechi
    Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    My husband is constantly working from home and it’s so hard working, eating and sleeping in the same place. If you don’t enjoy the job you’re in (which my husband doesn’t) then it’s hard to switch off after work and enjoy time with the children. We’re trying to find new strategies to cope with this new lifestyle

  • Jo Hutchings
    Thursday, February 17, 2022

    Iโ€™m glad we had the opportunity to try home schooling these last two years, but itโ€™s definitely made me realise itโ€™s not for us.

  • Adrian Bold
    Thursday, February 24, 2022

    It’s certainly been a disruptive and challenging 2 years, Things are slowly getting back to normal.

  • Caroline Kelly
    Friday, December 9, 2022

    I had to do it again briefly this year when my daughter’s school were striking, I don’t want to ever go back! lol

  • Wendy Lam-Vechi
    Saturday, March 25, 2023

    Since lockdown my husband works from home and with my daughter only in nursery for 15 hours a week, he does have to confine himself to the bathroom to work sometimes as we do not have a spare room. Most of the day he’s working in the open kitchen but every time I’m busy doing chores, he does find my daughter disrupting one way or another because she demands his attention. It’s a hard balance and he’s very stressed. Recently he’s resulted to going to IKEA to work just to get some work done and to get out of the house so he doesn’t associate home with work.