I used to have it together. My house was clean, my children were tidy, the laundry was done, and we were all happily educating. It wasn't 100% of the time, but at least it was the majority. Then my life fell apart. Suddenly, I was a single parent of four children. At first I shut down. I spent all my time crying and afraid. After those initial few days reality set in. I realized if I didn't find a way to generate income we were going to starve and get evicted. All my time crying shifted over to looking for ways to earn money and still homeschool my children.
During that time the children were on their own. We were getting the basics of school done, but other than that it was every man for himself. I was not available to have eyes on them 24/7. The natural result was bad habits-even in me. You can imagine, with four children running the place, what became of the state of my house. I don't know who the offending party is, but I'm still finding seemingly fossilized tortillas in the wierdest places.
I have a lot of pressure and responsibilities on me. There are days I am completely overwhelmed. Maybe you know what that is like. I don't think you have to be a single parent to feel this way. I am positive you can relate to a recent day in the Worthington household. We weren't done with school, all the children were fighting, every single room in the house was a mess, I had a stack of bills I could not pay, there were no groceries, and I knew there were four hours of my work schedule ahead of me that day too.
Annmarie is a single homeschooling mom of four children. She earns her living writing and doing graphic and web design. You can check out her blog at http://www.annmarieathome.blogspot.com/