As I've been talking with fellow homeschoolers the past few weeks, it seems that the theme is that the older the kids, the less work mom has to do.
When I asked one fellow homeschool mom how she fit in teaching days of coop classes each week she said she doesn't have to teach too much because she has 3 teens. She said, "Imagine you have three Lukes (my 15 yo 10th grader)." I kind of stood there with a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look trying to imagine that, and frankly I'm still trying to imagine that. I think that means I could be drinking coffee and blogging while 3 teens are laboriously working independently. Alone. Quietly. I could probably even make a phone call and complete it without being interrupted. I didn't want to think about it too long and, you know, and start salivating or something.
Then, when I asked another friend what her pre-schooler does during school she said it wasn't really an issue because her boys (teens) pretty much do their work on their own. I couldn't take any more so I started saying "La-la-la-la..." and waving my hands in front of my ears so the madness would stop. Just kidding. Ok, no I'm not, I really did that, but she's a really good friend and she took it in stride.
If I think about it, my two teens pretty much do their work independently too. And my 11 yo is doing much more on her own this year. I still teach some things to each of them, but I spend most of my time on the youngest.