How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired

As someone who suffers from migraines mostly related to changes in the weather, there are often days where our homeschooling must be modified. When mom is sick and tired in our house, there are plans in place so our learning will keep on going. There are three basic things I can do to help. A plan for each day, ready meals, and resources to help me are the three things I recommend for your homeschool. 

When Mom Is Sick and Tired: Have a Plan 

Setting plans in place is key to helping our homeschool keep going every day. Our elementary-aged children each have their own agenda where I write down the assignments I would like them to complete each day. Some of these assignments are ones they do independently while others we need to complete together. But there is a plan for each day. 

Make sure your children know what the plan is in your homeschool. What do they have to complete from their agenda or checklist? Then when mom is sick and tired, the children can continue their homeschool lessons. Determine the schooling that must be completed each day. What are your must haves? What things need to be accomplished to make it feel like homeschooling took place? 

Pick three things you want to get done every homeschool day. Is it the Bible? Math? Reading? Science? What things are important to you and your educational philosophy? There are Bible apps to read aloud to you and your children. CTCMath allows your children to work independently on lessons you assign. The Towers of Light series is available as audiobooks so you can continue your read-alouds when mom is out of commission. Or there are the interactive science lessons on What do you need to find? 

Get Your Meals Ready 

One of the most stressful things for me when I am sick is thinking about getting meals ready. What will we have? What can I prepare with my head hurting? So I like to have meals ready that can easily go into the oven with no additional preparation or meals that are easy to put into the slow cooker. Another option is to have foods and supplies available that allow your children to make their own meals. 

How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired

Resources for the Sick and Tired Mom 

When I am not feeling well, I have several things that help me get through the day. One is my Bible app that allows me to continue digging deeper into the Word of God without the need to turn on the light to read myself. A cold compress for my head and a fan on low also help me cope with my migraines. What helps you? 

There are other resources to have on hand when mom is sick and tired such as: 

  • A circle of friends and family to support you. 
  • Supplements, teas, and other means to help you get better if you are sick. 
  • Your favorite Bible or Bible studies. 
  • Educational videos and apps. 
  • Self-paced online lessons. 
  • Podcasts for encouragement. 

Please Share 

How do you handle those days when you are sick and tired? What tips and tricks have you found that work well for your homeschool? Author

This article has been written by Kristen Heider. She is the Business Building Team Manager of The Old Schoolhouse® and the Social Media Manager of She shares more about her family’s homeschooling journey at A Mom’s Quest Teach.

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