I was originally going to call this post, let's talk about money, and it is about money, but it's about more than that you know. It's about time and family and money and... well, kinda everything. :)
It's about the time you spend as a family... Time spent together. It's take it's toll sometimes doesn't it? I know in my household I crave silence... I just crave time to my own thoughts without any background noise. I live in a household where hubby often works best sitting in front of the tv with it running some show or other as he types out his sermons, or works out thoughts for sermons, or simply puts together an agenda. He works best with noise. Then I have a lad who likes to talk and play video games and talks as he builds with his lego. Like his mother, words come to him easily. And don't take me wrong, I love having my son and hubby around almost all the time, but I also relish when hubby needs to go out on visits or to a meeting as then I can more easily control the sound in the house. :)
When you are in situation where your pay gets cut or you lose your job it makes it harder to continue to homeschool when it seems like you have the option to send your children to public school and get a job to help pay off the bills and such like. But if homeschooling is what you are called to do, then you figure out how to make it work. There are lots of frugal ways to homeschool available on-line. I have some of them listed on my pages.
In our household we raise critters for pets and show. We have rabbits, guinea pigs and mice. :) My son raises the mice and sells them for $1 each. We jointly raise the guinea pigs and I raise rabbits. :) This not only teaches my lad animal husbandry/stewardship but how to manage his money, his time, and teaches business skills. Just like when he grows vegetable plants in the spring and sells them as starter plants. The show aspect of the rabbit world encourages him to learn good sportsmanship, listening to rules and presenting himself and the rabbits well. These are all useful skills for him to develop.
Raising our animals is a rewarding hobby that also helps to make ends meet. It is what works for us.
What are things that you have to a balance as you work to afford the homeschool life?