This week has been an exciting one for us in the Ellena Household, The children have been rehearsing like mad for their show (a modern take on Alice in wonderland) which they will both be performing in, this weekend and alongside that I decided this would be the perfect week to launch a new business venture. Okay so maybe my time management has been a tad off, but this is In fact, only the first of four new business ventures I’m planning to launch in the next 12 months!!!
However I still found time for a little ‘sitting and scrolling’ on social media (you know you do it too) and It was then that a post on a Home ed fb page caught my eye. It was from a parent considering home Ed and asking about the area of work. They basically were all up for it and starting to believe that home ed could be for them but wanted to know how others make work…well work
It’s a good question. with more and more pressure on both parents to go out to work it could mistakenly be viewed as a luxury rather than a lifestyle choice to home ed. I want to say here and now that home Ed is a full time job in it’s own right! it takes passion, drive, commitment, financial investment and hard graft. It is enough and if you choose to home ed without working alongside I salute you.
Now I have also heard of families who home Ed where both parents go out to work and I hear it takes a lot of organisation but it’s more than possible, if this is you then I think you deserve a medal! keep on keeping on as they say.
In our home my husband goes out to work full time and I run a printing business from home. I had the business before we chose to home Educate and I have decided I want to keep it going.
So back to the question of how I make this work (I mean practically) well I suppose it’s important for you to know that it isn’t full time, the hrs required to oversee things can happen around the fringes of family life, so evenings and weekends or I may snatch an hour occasionally when the children are engaged in their own activities and I’m free for a while, but it could not and would not ever stop us from providing a full time education for our children, they are our priority! I also have an incredibly dedicated husband who supports what I do and helps me with advice, help and an extra pair of hands on a regular basis.
I’ve been thinking and suppose an even better question would be not how but why I make my work, work. Here is a little list I have come up with
- Autonomy: The Cambridge dictionary tells me that autonomy means “the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else” and I believe that the best way to teach my children about Autonomy is to actually live it, so I guess I’m saying I work because I decided I wanted to and I had the freedom to try.
- Team work we have always called our family Team Ellena and aside from being a cute pet name it’s there because I want my children to know that this family is made up of four people (and a lot more pets) My children love to act and sing and dance so their play and rehearsals are very important to us. Nothing could keep their Dad and I away on their show days and we burst with pride when they win awards for their efforts. With this in mind I know that my husbands football team is massively important to him and we care about his team’s score when he’s had a match, and my business/blog writing/ faith is important to me. The children need to see that we have to make room for one another’s dreams and passions and make space for one another to live these out.
- Business studies some of the things I do on a regular basis include providing something that people want to pay for, marketing myself, having an okayish website and social media presence, making a product to a high standard, providing good customer service and working to a deadline among many other things. All of these skills are transferable I love that my children can grow up watching the inner workings of a business happening around them all the time, so when they get to the age if they want to run a business they already understand about the foundations of business. It means our children can have a go too and they do! often one will come and ask me if I can turn their designs into a t-shirt or mug so I’ve found it’s a great educational tool.
- Showing others I want to empower other women to have a go! believe me if I can do it anyone can. There are so many amazing talented women out there who have a burning desire to do something with their lives, maybe they crochet stunning colorful scarves, maybe they paint beautiful nails, maybe they can plaster a perfect wall or create an epic website, but so often I meet women who dream but lack the confidence to have a go! I want to tell you today that you should try it! imagine all the life lessons in healthy risk taking you’ll be passing onto those little eyes who look at you and see a supermum!
- Finances I’m not going to go without saying that a large motivation of running a business is to make money, I want to help towards providing for our family (there’s that team work again) I want for us to experience the best that life has to offer and money certainly helps with that, I’m not going to lie.
So there you have it! not only how I make my work work but also why. So how do other families tackle working I’d love to hear if you solely home ed, fit in a job outside the home or work from home and how you find it.
To find out more about my latest business venture click here: http://www.printingonsea.co.uk/create-n-print/4594009945