Can Unschooling Work for Single Moms
or If Both Parents Work?
There's no denying, obstacles exist in these situations that don't exist elsewhere.
But, YES, it can be done.
Parents simply have to get creative on how they will overcome their own unique obstacles.
A few simple factors need to be examined:
- How old are the children?
- How independent are the children?
- Do you have others who will help you?
- Can your work schedule be flexible?
- Can you and your spouse alternate times away from home
Unschooling requires that the parent be involved with the children. This can happen in evenings or whatever time of day the parent isn't at work. Traditional hours no longer apply.
WE CAN'T GIVE YOU ANSWERS.
WE CAN ONLY SHARE HOW OTHERS HAVE MANAGED
AND HELP YOU SEE THE QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT NEED TO ADDRESS.
We are sharing some tips on how single moms make unschooling work!
Lots of single parents are exploring whether unschooling could work for them. It does take some juggling. Finding some kind of support that can help you - as well as looking at the hours of your day in a different way.
And we also have a thread from a few years ago with single moms sharing how they unschool their kids... here.
If YOU are an unschooling single mom, how do you make it work?
Share in the comments below...
Tips We've Gathered Over the Years
Unschooling can happen in evenings or whatever time of day the parent isn't at work. Traditional hours no longer apply.
Getting organized so kids have fun things to explore on their own while you're away
Make arrangements with other families to let your child tag along on local activities (be sure to reciprocate in some way)
See if relatives would be interested in helping or “taking a day.”
Would friends or relatives be interested in sharing a hobby with your child?
Be sure there are plenty of snacks and easy meals available
Make time for regular contact throughout the day, (text, call, Skype, FaceTime)
Re-examine the finances, could you cut back your hours?
Could you work from home?
And if you need more ideas for a Limited Budget, (most of us, right?) here are some AWESOME suggestions:
UM2M Resources for A Limited Budget