While I love that we made the decision to start homeschooling four years ago, I would occasionally think that I wished I could just have a couple of hours to just get caught up on things without the kids around.
Imagine my surprise when I casually mentioned this desire to a friend, and her response was, “Let’s do it!”
It has been such a blessing that I wished I had done something like this sooner. Not only do my friend and I each have four hours a month when we get some free time to run errands, have appointments, work on projects, or just relax, but our kids get to spend eight hours a month together. As my friend pointed out one day, “I love that the kids think we’re doing them a favor by letting them get together!”
This kind of arrangement can be doable for almost any family, as long as you have another family (or two) that would like to participate with you. It will be important beforehand, however, to come up with some basic ground rules and guidelines, which will look different for different situations (i.e. your family will arrange things differently than mine and my friend’s family arrange it).