Hi! I’m also a working SAHM. Thankfully I can work from home which is nice. I think everyone’s needs are probably a bit different, but I dedicate our mornings/early afternoon to homeschooling. And then I work in the afternoons and evenings if I have to. Once we’re done with school I start with administrative stuff like emails, etc. And then I move into creating content, curriculum, etc. for my site.
I thin the hard part is to just try and keep those two things separate. I really try to be present for my kids during school, I don’t answer emails, etc. during that time. And then when I’m working my kids do try to give me a bit of time because they understand, but I still have just learned to work though distractions
I also have some curriculum that helps me a bit, so we do take advantage of doing BJU Distance Online Learning for some subjects, but I still don’t work during that time. It just takes some of the teaching load off of me which helps with my overall productivity during the day.
Since you work from home from 8-4:30 you might consider having your kids do some of their work online like I mentioned above, but then maybe save some of the things where you need to be present for evenings or late afternoons so that you aren’t missing out on that learning time with your kids. You could also homeschool on weekends if that works for you. I would personally find that a bit challenging because we usually have busy weekends, but if it’s the only time you have, then I would try to make that work. You could do heavy homeschooling things on weekends, then have independent work or online work saved for a couple of the week days.
We homeschool 4 days per week, then they do elective type classes at an options program as well once a week. I also get a TON of work done that one day as well, so if there’s something in your area like that, it might be a nice change for your kiddos and you to have one day where you know you can get things done.
Hope that helps!