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Do any parents work full-time/part-time/PRN while homeschooling their children? Homeschool is definitely something I want to explore with my girls, but I would also like to work either part-time or PRN night shifts to keep my skills current.

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Here.I.Stand has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

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I don't homeschool, although I did strongly consider it for my 2nd child at one point. But absolutely, you could have school during "regular" school hours and work 3-11, you could work weekends, you could plan for your schoolweek to include your weekends off/your girls' days off to fall on your workdays.

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Call me Al has 19 years experience.

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Yes, it can be done. I'm in my 14th year of homeschooling and my oldest is a successful college student. I have worked different prn and part time positions depending on the age and needs of my kids. Right now I work 2 nights a week. My days are very full but a good full. I enjoy my kids and we have fun together. My hardest struggle is getting my teen and tween to all their activities and social events and balancing my work schedule. I'm tired a lot but that is probably a challenge for all working parents.

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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I home schooled all four kids to high school graduation - a total of 25 years .I worked full or part time most of that time. My kids have TWO parents. Yours probably do too.

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I'm not a nurse yet, but I am a full time student. We've been homeschooling for five years now. So yes, I believe you can homeschool while having other time heavy obligations.

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SmilingBluEyes has 20 years experience.

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I did it for 4 years .Homeschooling is really NOT that hard. I did the "academics" with the kids in the morning; we were done by noon and then they could choose to watch educational videos, read books, play with other kids who were homeschooled, or we could take a field trip. We often cooked dinner together; my kids learned to cook many, many things from scratch and are accomplished in home economics and household finances. I also taught them civic subjects and had them watch me vote and explained why I was voting the way I was. I loved it; miss it.

Homeschooling, IMO takes less time to educate kids than conventional school. There was never "homework" as we were done by noon, and no stress.

My son is grown and married now, starting his own family and is a wonderful father and husband. My daughter, at 17, is in college, her 2nd year, and doing extremely well. She fit right into the college and has been wildly successful, on the national honor society and Phi Theta Kappa. She also works part time.

Check out:

HSLDA: Homeschooling Advocates since 1983

Learn about the laws in your state. Some are stricter than others. Mine is liberal. You only have to keep "records" that are loosely defined and have them tested for progress yearly. But those tests did not affect how I did things or the decisions I made. Both kids ended up WAY ahead of their public school counterparts within 2 years. So worth it.

Lots of good info on that site. Helps a lot to join a homeschooling family group of some sort, too. I learned so much homeschooling my kids. How they learn/grow and how to appreciate each one's different learning "types" and what worked best.

Give it a try; really you will likely enjoy it.

And yes, I worked weekends PRN.

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply and give advice -- I greatly appreciate it! My children are 1 & 3, and I'm exploring the best way to get back into nursing, while remaining a "stay at home" mom & homeschooling.

I have a seperate post for this question, but didn't get any responses. Would it be more helpful for me to take a refresher course, or an intensive NCLEX review to get my nursing knowledge back up to par?

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply and give advice -- I greatly appreciate it! My children are 1 & 3, and I'm exploring the best way to get back into nursing, while remaining a "stay at home" mom & homeschooling.

I have a seperate post for this question, but didn't get any responses. Would it be more helpful for me to take a refresher course, or an intensive NCLEX review to get my nursing knowledge back up to par?

At that age, I wouldn't be formally schooling them. I'd just let them learn organically. In my experience, kids do much better that way.

Again, I'm not a nurse yet, but I'm already using NCLEX Mastery app, and I like it. Using that might tell you where you're at, and if you need more help or not.

Good luck.

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I love homeschooling! I'm encouraged when I see so many people who have taken it on. I don't have children but know many families who home school and the mom and dad both work outside the home as well.

I was a public school teacher for years and am pro-choice only when it comes to education so know that the educational setting needs to be tailored for each child in a family: one may flourish in a private school but their sibling may do better in a public school and a another sibling needs to be home schooled to reach his/her greatest potential.

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