Are you stressed with your to do list? Are you playing the juggling act trying to do all the things? Keeping up with career, the home and still being a present parent has been an even bigger struggle, as of recently.
Clara Capano is a single mom, coach, author and speaker.
In this episode, we talk about
- Why asking for help is necessary in business;
- leaving behind people pleasing and finding self acceptance;
- finding presence in motherhood;
- why relationships can be the fuel we need to keep going forward.
You can connect with Clara at http://instagram.com/entrepreneurialmom
and preorder her book https://www.censpire.com/product-page/women-who-boss-up
Originally, the idea of the schooling my kids completely overwhelmed me. How was I supposed to know how to educate my child, when I struggled in school myself. How was I supposed to know what is the first thing to teach and then the next and so on?
Hint: most homeschool families all felt the same way you are feeling right now.
The first thoughts of homeschooling came into my radar when my son was 3. However, having a special need child, we decided that putting him on an IEP with the public school system seemed like the best thing for him at that time.
Fast forward a few years and in the third grade, I was irritated by how much he struggled in school. He was in the third grade and reading at a kindergarten grade level. I had been bringing up my concerns for two years – I thought he may be dyslexic.
After a trip to see a psychologist and some issues of bullying that came up, we decided to pull the trigger. Our school was stating they were modifying as much as he needed and my other requests were denied.
Our psychologist diagnosed my son with Intellectual Disability, stating his IQ level was lower than most kids his age. It is likely to take him two years to learn what most kids learn in one. His needs are things being broken down into smaller segments, lots of repetition and various visual aids around the house or classroom.
This isn’t a decision we took lightly – but it was one I felt the calling in my soul. We decided that I could give him more one on one time than he could get in the classroom.
Now – as a work from home mom, running a network marketing business, I wondered if I could do it all. As I started inquiring of other work at home moms, running businesses, it turns out that there was a lot of moms who were doing the same. I found lots of moms who were homeschooling their children and they were also running a business from home. They told me it was not impossible and you could easily school your kids in 3 to 4 hours a day in the early years. As the kids get older, they become more self sufficient and can do more independent work.
At the time, my son, diagnosed with ID and I also have a neurotypical (as far as I can tell) first grader, while pregnant with my third. Homeschooling two elementary age children, with a toddler at our feet, wanting involved as much as possible hasn’t been easy. If I can do this, I am confident anyone can do this.
I’m hoping to share some of my experiences so you can if you are also having some doubts, if you are wondering if you have the ability to homeschool your children and maybe I can help put your fears to rest and help you make the best decision for your family.
One of the biggest question that comes up if you’re starting to get a new to homeschooling is what curriculum to use.
There are 6 main types of homeschooling styles and finding your flavor of homeschooling depends on your values your expectations and how you work best.
The main types of homeschoolers include:
2. Charlotte Mason
4. Unit Studies
Over the next several blog posts I plan to lay out curriculum we use, our ideal day and workflow and the changes I had to make in my business to maintain my sanity, while homeschooling my kids.
I’ve found my style to be more eclectic. I fell in love with the philosophies of Charlotte Mason, but unit studies help me focus on one thing and still get many subjects done in a day. I love an open and go curriculum, so I don’t have to do my own lesson plans but I also love having flexibility to do something different – depending on the way the wind is blowing that day – if you know what I mean.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your to do list? Ever feel like you can’t get it all done? The feelings of overwhelm and lack of self care multiplies when you have a nuerodivergent or special needs child.
When I had my son, he spent 16 days in the NICU and from that moment, my whole world changed. Feedings every 3 hours, making sure he had everything he needed, and nights with a heart apnea monitor; my needs didn’t seem so important. And as weeks turned to months, and months turned to years, before I knew it he was 2 and I forgot what it is I even did before motherhood.
It seems to be common among us mothers, we get so good at taking care of others, we forget or neglect our own needs.
In this episode, I talk with Christina Dunbar – a family nurse practitioner, yoga teacher and blogger/podcaster. She is the mom of three kids under the age of 5, one with a rare disorder.
We connected on so many levels in this podcast, from both struggling with stresses of a special needs child, the decision to leave the workplace, and finding moments of mindfulness in the chaos of raising little humans.
Her podcast is the Intentional Ten, where she offers weekly mini episodes of mindfulness and guided journal prompts, so you can start incorporating mindfulness into your day and week.
Helpful Links from This Episode
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Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Have you seemed to lose your way after motherhood? Or maybe your goals have changed since becoming a mom.
I remember at such a young age, feeling a conflict in my heart on choosing between being a stay at home mom and a career mom. I remember wanting both. In today’s society, it can be difficult to live off of a single income and have the option of not working as a mother. But with modern conveniences, like the internet and social media, we can have the best of both worlds.
There are a lot of options out there to work from home, flex time or being your own boss.
In this episode, I chat with Jenny Beecher, farm wife and mom of three kids. She is a clarity coach for moms trying to find balance between business and living a fulfilling life at home.
In this interview, we talk about:
- The transition of your place in the workplace to finding your purpose inside and outside of motherhood.
- Learning to shatter generational and societal programming to what it means to be a mom.
- Finding your own way and going your own way.
Helpful Links from the Show
Connect with Jenny at http://jennybeecher.com
Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/GrowYourOwnWay.Jenny
Energy Rainbow activity download (free pdf): https://www.jennybeecher.com/energy-rainbow
Free “Doing It All Discovery Session”: https://www.jennybeecher.com/book-a-call
Are you struggling with getting things done in your business, around taking care of the kids, cooking meals and schooling your kids? Are you feeling exhausted, feeling resentful of your business and feeling stuck in your business?
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In my first business, I was a in-home daycare provider, working from home, so I could be home with my son more.
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