Homeschooling, Working…and Priorities

Priorities

One thing I have noticed over the years of being a homeschooling, part-time working mom is that there is only so much time in a day!  When your time is pressed to the max, you HAVE to make decisions about your priorities…and those will look different for each individual family. (AND THAT IS OKAY!)

For me, it means that I have to make changes to our eating / meals. Over the last several years, I have started learning more and more about healthy eating and ways of better preparing our food so that it is better for our overall health. HOWEVER I have to keep in mind that when I am working, work HAS to be a priority. (Because there are only so many hours in a day and only so much energy for a day.) Therefore, if we need to eat (which we obviously do) then there will be times that I cannot prepare our food as I may wish to do.

For instance, a few months back we had a situation happen where my husband made a mistake on our bills (which is HIGHLY unusual for this “numbers guy”).  From that, I went to working thirty hours a week outside of the home.  One thing I realized very quickly was that I was not going to be able to “cook from scratch”, homeschool and work 30 hours a week (along with everything else life requires). So, what was the first thing to go? Food that required a lot of time to prepare. Did I feel bad? Yes, actually, I did. HOWEVER, I reminded myself that it wasn’t the end of the world and that we were doing what we needed to do at that time. And that OTHER PRIORITIES were more important.

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Not only did my focus change with regards to food, but also with where I spent my time while I was home. During that time, I pretty much quit all blogging. When it came right down to it, blogging was simply “something fun I like to do” and definitely not something that provided any kind of benefit for my family. I LOVE to blog, don’t get me wrong, but during this time it was more important to me for me to hang with my family instead of in front of a computer screen.

Remember ~ and have peace about ~ whatever priorities you pray about and God has guided you toward. Every family is different. Do not judge yourself against others! We have to remember that we truly only see a VERY SMALL amount of the REAL part of other families. Ours isn’t the only one that may be “a mess” or “trying to hold it together” – we all have our struggles. And that is okay!

So, what is my overall point? My point is this: when squeeze comes to squish, you do what you HAVE to do. Don’t spend your time feeling guilty about this or that (as that is the devil!) just do the best you can do with what you’ve got. And remember…this too shall pass AND most importantly, that the Lord is there with you and will help you and your family get through these times. It is amazing how family can really pull together when they have to!

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