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From: Catherine (
Subject:         need suggestions for how to make homeschool work as a single parent
Date: March 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm PST

I am a single parent of two kids ages 12 and 10. I've been a single parent since my youngest was an infant. Both of my children have learning differences and have struggled in public school. I changed their school to a charter school and that didn't work and then took them to another public school and that hasn't helped. My children come home crying and stressed. My oldest is depressed and miserable. My oldest is resistant from me helping her with school work.
My youngest is very easy to deal with. I took her out of school in January and started homeschooling her as I was layed off work.
Due to not finding work we had to temporarily move in with my parents.
I talked to my oldest daughter today after a huge melt down last night over her History exam that's coming up. Both my kids are very innocent and and they do not like bad words or dishonesty. They struggled finding friends that were like them etc.

I found a part time private christian school that I'm considering enrolling them both in next year. This school meets twice a week and assigns assignments for the other 3 days.
I also have my youngest daughter in a homeschool gymnastics class and art class. Now that I'm planning on homeschooling my oldest I will find a couple additional classes for her.

I've been going to job interviews and intend to have a job before long. I have my degree in Social Work so I will never get rich from my careers. However, this part time private school is affordable for me if I find a smaller less expensive house to rent.

I need suggestions on what to do with them the other 3 days and how to get them to these extra classes? My mother does not work, but my kids don't get along with her very well and I'm not sure if they can tolerate 3 days with her. My mom is a control freak and clean freak. I can't afford a nanny 3 days a week on top of the private school, books, and extra classes. I can't have them at home alone for 3 days either. My ex (my kids father) will not provide any financial assistance. He pays his child support, but is unwilling to help with educational expenses as he thinks public school is just fine.

I considered 2 days with my mom and getting a sitter for 1 day? I don't know. I want them to do school work at least 1-2 of the days and then I can have them do school work on the weekends when I'm home.

I'm curious if anyone has ideas or thoughts? I'm also curious at how other single parents make it work.


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