When I first started homeschooling, I was so interested in how other moms were doing homeschooling. I have to say I still find this fascinating! It is amazing all the ways you can go about reaching your child!!! I am always looking for more ways to reach more children. I am sure you do too!! I also love connecting with more moms and educators. I know many of my blog readers are thinking about homeschooling or just starting out. I thought it might be fun to hear about other mom’s experiences with homeschooling and how they manage it all. Even if you have been homeschooling awhile, hearing about others’ experience may give you a new idea or perspective. I know it always does for me! So I have started this new segment on my blog called Behind The Homeschool Curtain. I am hoping to have moms from all backgrounds, walks of life, and styles of homeschooling share their experiences. If there is anything you really would love to hear from these moms please share your questions, or if you would love to share your experience please contact me.
Today I would love to share Erin’s story!!! She is a mom I have been following for awhile on Instagram. I find her dedication to fitness, her family and homeschooling inspiring. After seeing her posts I am always encouraged to get back to my workout. So I love hearing how she does it all! Whose homeschooling story are you dying to hear? I want to know!!!! Do share!
Tell us about your family?
God blessed me with the BEST husband. My perfect mate :-) His name is Wes and we've been married since June 2004. We have 3 girls - Ellie (8), Adelynn (5) and Laylie (3).
2. What made you decide to homeschool?
Short answer, God placed it on my heart. But it took time for me to come around!
My mom really started talking to me about it as soon as I had our oldest. I started talking to a lot of moms who homeschool, looked into different curriculum, doing it myself, following a guide, homeschool classes at the library and YMCA, etc. In fact the options are so overwhelming it almost stopped me in my tracks.
Then I felt like God really narrowed the options to 2, Classical Conversations (CC) or another K12 program another mom at our church follows. So we went to the CC open house in the fall, but no plans to homeschool until the following fall. I kept praying, "Lord, how do I choose? Show me how to figure this out!"
Then in Dec, the director at CC called me and they needed someone to work in the nursery and she asked me if I'd be interested. This was our way to "check it out" to decide. It just so "happens" that the church where CC is held is right across the street from Ellie's school (she went to half day kindergarten). And it just so "happens" that the time that CC ends gives us 25 min to eat lunch there and I drop her off at school. Had the timing or the location been any different, this wouldn't have worked. This gave Ellie (and me) the chance to see how this group and curriculum works for us. And we loved it and it's been 2 years since!
3. How did you get started with your business?
I taught fitness classes since college to keep myself accountable to going! Then I became a personal trainer because I knew when we had kids I wanted to be at home. But I quickly learned to make any money as an instructor or trainer, you'd have to be at the gym for a lot of hours and usually early in the morning or in the evening. That was not going to work for our family.
So my boss at the gym asked if I heard about online fitness coaching. I hadn't and I was skeptical to be honest. We prayed about it a lot and I felt the Lord telling me to give it a shot. So I actually started online coaching when I was pregnant with our oldest. I started growing my business when she was about 3 months old. I just started with an hour/day while she napped.
I love it because it gave me some "adult" time, I was able to help others, especially moms and I felt lead by God to do this! Even during the first 2 years I'd pray a lot, "Are you sure you want me to do this?" Every time He affirmed, so here I am today!
4. You are a very busy lady. You run a business and homeschool your 3 daughters. How do you find time to work out?
Honestly, it's not about "finding" time, it's about using the time you have. We all have the same hours in a day, you're either going to run your day, or it will run you.
Now as a mom, I don't believe there is anything as a "convenient time" to workout. For most moms it's usually in the morning before the kids wake up (this is what I do), during nap time, or after the kids go to bed at night (this is what my hubby does).
It's waking up early (or staying up late!) and getting up even when you don't want to. Which is usually how I feel every morning. BUT I know I'm a better mom when I get my exercise in, so I get up and do it anyway!
5. How do you keep dedicated to eating healthy?
MY JOB!!! haha People say to me all the time, "How do you stay consistent?" I made it my job so I'd HAVE to stay consistent!! A lot of coaches on my team became coaches to help with their OWN accountability. Being a coach is about your JOURNEY, not being perfect. People don't relate to that. So I bring people along on my journey!
6. What has been your biggest struggle with homeschooling? Have you found a solution to this?
Keeping the younger kids busy while doing school with the oldest and my oldest having a willing attitude towards school!
Somedays I feel like I have a solution, other days it seems all goes wrong!
For my younger 2, I let them watch a Leap Frog video, get out puzzles, color time, my preschooler has an activity book, and then give them free play time together.
For my oldest, we talk about attitude and how God wants us to behave and always be learning and growing. Sometimes that works ;-)
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Brownie with chocolate ice cream and hot fudge :-)
8. How do you connect with your daughters?
They love it when we just have "play" time. I honestly, love doing school with them, I think that's a great time to connect. We play game, go on bike rides, do activities and projects together. At least once a month we plan something out of the ordinary to do together as a family too!
9. What is your biggest struggle as a mom?
Not feeling guilty, finding a balance and having peace about taking time to work my business!! Right now I work my business 3 hours/day (not Sunday). In the grand scheme of things, I don't think that's a lot of time. For me, it's also good to have a break. But for the kids, all they want to do is play all day long :-) So I struggle with that.
10. What is something you want to share with my readers?
God first, family second, your business/passion third :-) Be able to say NO! Set boundaries for you and your family. Pick your top 3 priorities and when you're asked to do something, ask yourself, "will this bring me closer or further from our goals/priorities as a family?" That answer will help you answer that question!
If you need any guidance with your health and fitness I'd LOVE to help you too!
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