I have had home schooling sellers in the past. What we did was ask for all showings to be made after 1 PM. You don't want to cut out your buyers, but at the same time you've got to keep sane. Home schooling is difficult in the first place, so you want to keep your schedule as normal as possible so you can keep the kids on track. My previous home schooling family worked on school work from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM during the week. So, my secretary set up all showings after 1:00 PM on the week days. Most showings occur in the evenings and on the weekends since that is when most people are off of work to view properties.
I have had a ton of sellers that have had pets. If they are not loud pets, you can put them in the garage and put a note on the door that there are cats or whatever in the garage and not to let them in the house. Most people do not mind cats even if they are in the house. If you have louder pets such as dogs, you can just take them for a walk in the neighborhood during the half hour or one hour showing.
One thing that I do want to stress is that there are buyers out there that do not want a house that has a pet smell. The best thing you can do is to rid yourself of any pet odors and put up their food and things in the garage during showings.
To make yours a successful sale, I would do the following:
1) Price correctly. This will significantly decrease your time on the market and your stress. A home that is priced correctly in the beginning will likely sell for more. Your highest and best offers come in at the beginning of the listing period.
2) De-clutter, de-personalize, stage. You want the buyer to be able to walk in and imagine themselves living in your home. Your pictures, your extra furniture, etc will make the buyers feel that they are walking through your home. They will not imagine it as their own and if there is too much furniture they won't appreciate the size of your home and it will be instantly off their list. Staging can be very inexpensive. It's all about taking away everything in a room that is not needed. Once you do that, focus on what that room should be used for. If it is a living room, it needs to be sophisticated and comfortable to appeal to the most buyers...a couch, end table, etc is what is needed in that room...the rest of the things (shoes, umbrellas, books, game systems, etc) are cluttering up your space. If you are not already neutral in decor, now is a great time to start. Neutral paint does wonders to make a space feel bigger and really helps buyers imagine themselves in your home since they don't have to paint over bright red, navy blue, etc walls.
I listed a house 2 weeks ago and my sellers did the things I mentioned above. They received and accepted a full price offer asking only for $4,700 in closing costs this weekend.
Let me know if I can help any further.