You don't have to read below, but you can if you want back story. I just want to know if your spouse expects homeschooling to be over before they get home and/or weekends/holidays? Do you ever butt heads on this stuff?
There are many days where I just cannot get things done while dh is gone so I try to do some schooling when he's home. This does not always go over well. His expectations are that schooling is done by X:00. He tells ds school is done for the day or sometimes that there is no school (ie. Labor Day) even though I had told them both I wanted us to do some school that day. This puts me in an awkward position. He wanted all work done by noon and I told him that's too hard for us but he says he doesn't want ds doing any school after he comes home from work (which some days is around 5 and the other days ds is supposed to already be asleep because it's later). And just for the record, Labor Day was meant to help us catch up. With co-op, appointments, and just poor planning mixed, it's been hard to get even the basics done some days. I've tried adding more math pages per day to help us out.
I could understand if our children were older, but given the circumstances I think it's really hard for me to do everything sometimes. For example, today I tried to explain some math on the white board to ds (age 9). As I'm trying to write my toddler is literally taking the eraser and trying to wipe the board. We had a bit of a struggle as I tried to get her to sit down and not touch the board. So much of the day is like that. We haven't touched Mystery Science lately because I sit down by ds and we discuss the content. It's hard with his sister interrupting constantly or worse getting into trouble. I can give her blocks, crayons, a show to watch, etc. but it doesn't usually buy us too much time. She doesn't even nap daily and when she does it's usually so late in the day it is not helpful. Dh installed a tall shelf for me which has a globe and some colored pencils and erasers and such. She's already been caught sliding the dining room chair up to it and reaching for items. She's a wild child.
What's funny to me is when dh goes into work late he does some school with ds and has trouble with dd interrupting them so when I said I had to run an errand the other morning he was like, "what? Now? I'm trying to homeschool ds." I said, "yeah, and what do you think I'm trying to do all week with them both here?" lol I did NOT want to take dd so I could go pay the water bill and pick up a bunch of packages at the PO box. The bill cannot be paid online. I ran my local errands and came home, but I have more to run later this week and I'll probably have to take the kids like when I turn in our homeschooling form.
Sometimes I try to play catch up on the weekend but I can't get cooperation. The guys think it's just chill and put off all work til later. One weekend night I kid you not dh kept saying he was going to install the dishwasher and that ds was going to help him so I should wait til after that to work with ds. They didn't even install it that day.
Now ds is complaining off/on that it hurts to read. He's not reading daily like I want him to. He doesn't need glasses for up close work but he has a bad habit of not wearing them when he should. Oh and he literally just broke the frames the other day so now I have to try to redeem the warranty. I feel like I'm so behind and the year has just begun. He has a tutor twice a week, but we had to cancel last week because we were returning late to town after a dr appt. and she had to cancel today. I send him with reading comprehension and Worldy Wise and Daily Grams to with her because that really requires some quiet time and he struggles with reading comp.