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  1. John says

    Thanks for this article. I have often struggled with how to juggle everything as a single parent trying to home school as well. In my case, I’m a single dad attempting to build a business while being the sole parent handling home schooling (his mom does see him but I have the majority of time and she is not involved at all with schooling). It’s a hard path to take but I believe the rewards outweigh the costs. I often see homeschool groups for moms but can’t say I’ve EVER seen one for men. I realize I’m an anomaly but am I really the only man in this position?

    • Emily Payne says

      Hi John,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment; I so appreciate you bringing up this important topic as I know you are definitely not the only one in this position. I actually contacted a co-worker of mine, Shari McMinn, when I read your comment here. She is a single parent who works and homeschools, and she said she would love to offer any encouragement and practical advice that she can! You can contact her at Shari@CHEC.org (she works for CHEC)-I hope it encourages you!
      Thank you for having the courage it takes to choose to care for your son in this way!
      Blessings,
      Emily Payne

    • Ryan says

      John, I’m a bit late to this reply, but I’m in the same boat and came across this article trying to find some wisdom from others. I’m a single dad trying to homeschool my son. He’s 4 now and in K4. It’s definitely a journey, but I’m sticking to it. I also found that the support groups seem to be mother’s focused, so the guys doing this must be a bit on the uncommon side.

  2. Melissa says

    There isn’t enough encouragement for the single working homeschooling mom. I’m the only one in our community. The other moms are great. So why do I still feel so lonely? Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to describe this time in life. I have no family nearby. I have no friends that can assist. I should be enjoying this time with my kids at their age but instead I’m so buried with work and need to be in order to survive. I wonder if my kids are suffering more due to mom not being available enough. They don’t have enough time with friends, very little in fact. If I didn’t have to work we’d be social butterflies. My kids revert to their screens and that’s the only way I can have privacy to work, and be on the phone with clients. My youngest son is 11 years old, his birthday was last month. His one wish was for me to not have to work. I’m making the best of my situation. I know others have it worse so I just count my blessings and do what I can when from when I open my eyes to when I close them.

    • Emily Payne says

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment-this is such an important topic. I’m so sorry to hear this season has been difficult! I can’t imagine the pressure you must feel regularly and the many questions you must have daily. I actually contacted a friend and co-worker of mine, Shari McMinn, when I read your comment here. Shari is also a single mom who works and homeschools. Shari got back to me and said she would love to offer any encouragement and practical advice to you that she can! You can contact her at Shari@CHEC.org (she works for CHEC)-I hope it encourages you!
      Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything else we can do,
      Blessings,
      Emily Payne

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