Be sure your schedule includes any tests and paper work you need to complete. If you need help with scheduling, you can search the internet for ready made schedules and calendars. The most important thing to remember is stick to your schedule once it’s made. No ifs, ands, or buts. As a home school parent, you are not only the teacher, but the principal as well.

Keep priorities in order. Growing up, you learned to prioritize everything from homework to friends to after-school activities. In the same spirit of prioritization, focus your wedding budget on the elements that are essential to you and your fiance. Are professional photos more important than expert calligraphy? Then spend more on the photographer and less on invitations. Are you more of a fashionista than a foodie? Splurge on the wardrobe and skimp on the buffet. For some, a wedding can be beautiful, fun and memorable without cymbidium orchids or Chilean sea bass, so spend the money where it matters to you.

Imagine Daddy, the life of every party, coming in and beating Mom half to death over an imagined slight. Or sitting in a chair, complaining about the lousy breaks he’s gotten, as he tries justifying the loss of yet another job. Disheveled, drunk, Mr. Life of the Party takes off his belt and beats your brother for smarting off to him. You go to your room and cry.

Set up one room of your home as the classroom. Don’t allow this room to spread out into other rooms of your house. If you’re using your classroom for other things as well, be sure to put away all school supplies as soon as class is over for the day. It’s important to allow students to completely get away from school when class is over. This gives them the down time they need to just be a kid.