Whether or not to homeschool is a big decision. We all want what is best for our kids, but there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to home schooling your children both pro and con. You probably wonder if you’re qualified and if your family is ready for the sacrifices it takes to homeschool your children. Let’s look at some of the things you should factor into your decision.
Homeschooling is going to take up a great deal of your time, not only do you have to sit down with your kids to make sure that are doing the work you assign to them you also need to prepare those lessons, plan field trips, and everything else that comes with being a stay at home parent. Don’t underestimate how much time it will take.
The first issue with homeschooling is that you are going to have little or no time away from your kids and for yourself. Being both the teacher and the parent 24 hours a day is exhausting and getting overwhelmed by it all is fairly common. You are going to have to make a point to set aside time for yourself and have some adult conversation. The second issue is financial, most households get by on two incomes and you will be giving up one income in order to homeschool your children. Many single parents can’t even consider the option of homeschooling it just isn’t workable.
Both parents will need to come together and agree to homeschool, everything from finances to getting household chores done is going to be more difficult. If you like your home neat and organized then homeschooling is going to challenge that too. Educational activities, books and whatnot will create a whole new level of clutter in your home.
The Social Aspect
One of the biggest arguments against homeschooling is the lack of social interaction your child will get with peers. While homeschooling does give you more control over the contacts your child makes, they also need to interact with kids their own age. They learn things like how to play with others, how to share and about boundaries. Homeschooling can be lonely and make your child feel isolated, don’t overlook how important the social aspect of school is. Your child needs to be a willing participant in their education or you may find homeschooling more difficult than you thought.
Homeschooling is not a decision to be made lightly and you and your spouse should have a lengthy discussion weighing the pros and cons. Don’t underestimate how much additional work it is going to be for a stay at home parent. Do some research and talk to other parents who have chosen to homeschool. In the end you will make the best decision for your family.