Whether homeschooling distractions come from people inside the house our outside, you need to firmly put a stop to it. This question and answer will help you with this issue.
Q. I have two kids I am homeschooling, but I am having a hard time due to outside distractions. Neighbors stop by and ask for favors because they know I am home. People expect me to stop what I am doing and run their errands. I even have extended family in the household who may interrupt us at any time. How do I focus on homeschooling with so many demands for my time and attention.
A. It sounds like you have a lot of distractions on your hands. There is no way you will be able to homeschool successfully unless you put an end to it. If you don’t make your kids homeschooling your first priority, no one will, and your kids may fall behind in the plans you have set for them. Here are some things you can do:
Just say no to neighbors who are distracting you from homeschooling. “We are homeschooling” or “I am busy with the children” is reason enough to turn people away from your doorstep.
Start charging for errand requests from people who take advantage of the fact that you are home. Who is to say that your time is any less valuable than theirs. Chances are, they will stop asking. If this doesn’t work, a sure-fire way to stop the favor-asking is to ask for a few favors in return. They’ll begin to avoid you because they don’t want to do your errands any more than you want to do theirs.
Create a no-disturbing zone to keep people from interrupting your homeschooling. If adults and extended family within your home are making homeschooling difficult, then you need to find a “no disturbances” area in your home. Use a spare room, the home office, or commandeer the dining room; any seldom used room in your home will do. Set homeschooling hours and put it on a sign that you hang on the door, or in the entrance of the room if there is no door.
Make it clear that unless there is blood or an otherwise serious emergency, that it is inappropriate to disturb you when you are working with the kids. In all, don’t be apologetic about prioritizing your kids’ homeschooling. You have chosen to be in charge of your their education. It has to come first.