This week on HSHSP Ep 87: Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane Clendaniel. This post is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Help for Homeschool Working Moms with Stacey Lane Clendaniel
Many homeschool moms are also “working moms“.
Now, we know that ALL homeschool moms are working moms, but today we’re discussing having a paying job. Our friend, Stacey Lane of Layered Soul is one of those kind of working moms.
Stacey was formerly a customer service representative for Bright Ideas Press. However, when that company restructured she was free to join the 7Sisters team and serve as our brilliant and creative virtual assistant.
By the way, if you are a member of our encouraging 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group, you know her work. Hey, if you are not a member of our FB group, please join us for support from the 7Sisters and all the 7th Sisters. While there you can ask questions, give advice and share your experiences with other homeschooling parents.
Back to Stacey! While homeschooling her kids, she also has picked up cleaning jobs and cooks for seventy people each Wednesday night at church. Now her her homeschooling days have come to a close, three oldest are homeschool graduates and graduated from college or vocational training. Lastly, her youngest transferred to a local military school at his request.
When we asked how she juggles all Stacey talks about the importance of being a willow tree rather than an oak tree, because willow trees are flexible.
The power of resilience has helped Stacey pivot from each of her family, educational, vocational and volunteer activities. She especially employed that “willow tree ability” when her youngest came to her at the beginning of high school with a big request. He told her he wanted to prepare to go into the military. Thus he wanted to attend the local military-prep high school. So they prayed and transferred him there.
That move was a shocker but Stacey stayed flexible!
Another way to look at willow tree type flexibility is to call it a growth mindset. With that in mind, check out this post on teaching a growth mindset and this post on resources to help your teen develop a growth mindset.
Another tip! Stacey loves to remind people to find the humor!
Make sure you do not forget to laugh as you handle the hard situations. When you laugh you might not be able to change the hard situations. However, it helps you to control how you respond to them! Yes, there is time to cry and raise your fists in the air and there is times to laugh.
Join Vicki, Kym and Stacey for a delightful conversation about balance in work, life, homeschooling and family with her brilliant tips like:
- Creative ways to keep service as part of life
- Finding a little time for self-care
- Asking for help
- Time management for homeschool lessons
- Multi-meal prepping
- Apps for saving time grocery shopping
- More apps for remembering maintenance that needs to be done
You’ll have fun with this episode, even if you’re not a work-for-pay homeschool mom!
Also, check out this encouraging interview with our friend, Julie Mendez from Working While Homeschooling.
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