Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Podcast HSHSP Healthily Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos

Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime

Want some guiding principles for healthily handling homeschool co-op lunchtime chaos. First off, we need to acknowledge what we expect (whether it is realistic or not):

  • We expect teenagers to bring their lunches, eat them and clean up without making disasters.
  • We expect teenagers to handle themselves well.
  • We expect all the co-op moms to pull their weight.

It doesn’t always work out that way. Here’s help:

Acknowledge that we homeschool moms have SO much to do during homeschool lunchtime! We’d love to simply have downtime and visit together. However, we often have to stomp a lunch fire (hopefully not literally), chase a younger, monitor some cleaning.

By our experience, these principles help:

  • Have clear expectations, clearly expressed
  • Plan during the summer so you start off well (one cool idea is having group meals at least on special occasions)
  • Have a person in charge to oversee lunchtime setup and/or cleanup, a *buck stops here* mom or teen
    • Also, there needs to be support people who back him/her up or switch off
    • Make sure expectations and authority limits are clear for all in charge
  • Communicate with the young people well
    • For young drivers, may they leave co-op to go get lunch?
    • Where can people have food?
    • Are there any off-limits foods?
  • Chore lists for each homeschooler (and each mom)

If everyone is going to bring their own lunches (rather than a group lunch), at home these principles will help:

  • Have clear expectations, clearly expressed
  • Plan during the summer so you start off well
  • Communicate with the young people well
  • Chore lists for each homeschooler (and each mom) for lunch preparation and after-co-op cleanup

Enjoy this advice on homeschool co-op lunchtime. Also, you’ll love these posts.

Co-op advice:

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Dr. Melanie Wilson

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 84: Finding Mom Friends

 

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Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime

 

Vicki Tillman

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