‘Today Show’s’ Sheinelle Jones Keeps it Real About Homeschooling Her Three Kids

Co-host Sheinelle Jones of the Today Show returned this morning after a six-week hiatus due to vocal cord surgery. Going on medical leave before the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Jones had planned on taking it easy during her recovery time yet had to take on the role of teacher when her kids’ school closed.

Often checking in with her Today family via video, Jones recently shared the challenges she was experiencing from trying to recuperate and homeschool her three children.

Sheinelle Jones of the "Today Show"
Sheinelle Jones of the “Today Show” | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jones heads to the OR

The anchor, who shares son Kayin, 10, and twins Uche and Clara Josephine, 7, with husband Uche Ojeh, underwent vocal cord surgery on February 24 to have a polyp removed. Sharing that she would have to take a six-week break from the show that would include no talking as part of her recovery, Jones looked on the bright side of having some much needed down time.

“This is the first time ever in my life, in my career, and I’ve been in the business for more than 20 years, that I will stop and just take care of myself,” Jones shared with People. “So part of me it’s like, the good Lord’s way of just telling me to stop and do a little self care and practice what we preach on the show day in and day out.”

Once out of the operating room with word that all went well, Jones posted a selfie to let her followers know she was doing fine. “I just wanted you to know that I’m okay, and to thank you for all of your messages and prayers,” Jones wrote alongside a picture of herself from her hospital bed. “This has been a long time coming and I’ve struggled off and on for so long…. I also felt like I was wrapped in prayers …. it felt like such a powerful moment.”

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Hi everybody! I just wanted you to know that I’m okay, and to thank you for all of your messages and prayers. Apparently I emerged out of anesthesia “talking” …. I was out of it… I just remember a male voice kindly but firmly telling me to “please stop talking.” ☺️ At the time, I was trying to tell them that I was “awake” and not to use the breathing tube yet lol – but clearly they were already finished. :-) Once I was alone in post recovery … I started crying through my oxygen mask… the nurse rushed over and gave me a pen to scribble what was the matter. Honestly, nothing was wrong – I think it was just a release … this has been a long time coming and I’ve struggled off and on for so long…. I also felt like I was wrapped in prayers …. it felt like such a powerful moment. I remember when I was little I would see older people crying in church; my mom would explain that they were “moved” and “rejoicing,” with happy tears. That’s how I felt today… I literally felt the power of so many well wishes and prayers. I was also, truth be told, thankful to be “awake” …. I promised my kids that “mommy would be just fine”… and I was relieved I could keep my promise. Now the work begins to heal. The nurse kept telling me to “enjoy” the rest… I had a hard time doing that, so clearly I have some work to do. Ok that’s my check in. Thank you *so so* much for all of your kindness.❤️❤️❤️

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Jones’ new challenge

Being required to homeschool her kids while recovering from surgery, Jones recently shared that it’s a mixed bag with trying to keep her children up to speed with their studies during lockdown.

“Hi everybody. I’ve slipped away to the bathroom because I need a moment,” she shared in an Instagram video last week. “If you have little ones at home, and you’re teaching them — I have two second graders and a fourth grader — you know what? May the force be with you because this is a challenge.”

Jones shared that there are definitely great rewards in being hands-on with her kids’ education during this unprecedented time. “There are moments when I’m like, ‘Oh, my goodness, this feels so great and I feel like I’m teaching them and it’s so wonderful,'” she said, victoriously pumping her fist in the air.

‘Confessions’ from Jones

The Today star also revealed that the task of homeschooling can be daunting at times, captioning the post “Confessions from my hiding place,” according to Today.com.

“And there are other moments when I feel like it’s all-consuming and I don’t have time to do anything else,” Jones admitted. “Because it takes a lot if you have to constantly —”

The journalist was interrupted by the sound of one of her children calling for her outside the bathroom door, prompting her to wrap up her recording.

“See?” she posted to viewers. “Do you all hear that? My time’s up.” And with that, Jones sent a kiss to her followers and left the rest room to continue her work on the home front.

Now back at work on Today – via video like several of her other co-hosts – Jones is now pulling double duty like most parents, splitting time between her job responsibilities and her teacher tasks.