Hi, I have been throwing around the idea to homeschool my son for awhile. He is 5 and is starting Kindergarten this year. I also have children ages 3, 2, and 10 months. I am pregnant and due in Feb. I am already a stay at home mom and pretty much do everything. My husband works nights and sleeps days so I do most of everything on little sleep. I don't have family that helps out either. There are days I am extremely sleep deprived and exhausted that I can't imagine having any more responsibilities. It got to the point where I was actually having seizures from stress and lack of sleep (they've since gone away now that my youngest is sleeping a little better).
My husband is working on getting switched to days so that will be very helpful having him help with dinner, baths, bedtime, and allow me to have a break. However, he has applied for another job and if he gets it, he'll have to go away for 5 months of training in another state. I will be doing everything and I don't have a support network. I could possibly give birth while he is away. It does scare me to have everything on my shoulders and I fear having seizures again if I'm not getting sleep. I am concerned that I will be overwhelmed and I won't be consistent with his homeschooling.
Others tell me that it would be better when he is in school full time. I can also put my 3 year old in preschool. It sounds appealing in that I can take naps again in the afternoon when the younger kids take theirs. However, I don't know if I want them to go to public school/preschool. I don't have a lot of faith in public schools and worry about bullies, his safety in school, how much time is wasted during the day, etc. My 5 year old would be gone all day M-F and my 3 year old M-Th for 3.5 hrs a day. We would also need to buy another car if my husband is working days.
I get excited about teaching him at home and have already gathered a ton of information on what we would do. I have days where I am on board with my decision but then after a restless night, I rethink whether I can take on another responsibility. Would you homeschool or send your kids to school if you were me? Any moms with multiple kids go through this experience already? How do you function with little sleep? How do you recharge? Any other tips you found useful?