9 Good Reasons NOT to Homeschool, Part 2
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Last week, I gave you 10 Good Reasons to Homeschool. This week, I’m giving the opposing view. In my last post, 9 Good Reasons NOT to Homeschool, Part 1, I began my list of why homeschooling may not be a good fit for your family. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. Today, I’m continuing this list.
If you and your child are constantly at odds or if you can’t even get your child to do the simplest task without it turning into a war, then getting them to do their school work may be an exercise in frustration. Before you embark on the homeschooling journey, you may want to work on your relationship with your child. That said, homeschooling may be part of the healing process. Your relationship may improve through practice and devoted time with each other.
7. You Don’t Want to Spend That Much Time with Your Child
No judgment here… but if you daydream of the day your five-year-old will head off to school or you dread summer vacation because you don’t know what to do with your child, then having them with you 24/7 may be hard—very, very hard.
8. You’ve Tried it Without Success
Every once in a while—and this is very rare—I hear of a parent who just can’t get the work done. In fact, I’ve only heard of this happening twice in the hundreds of homeschooling families that I’ve come across. In these instances, it’s possible that the material was all wrong for the child or that the parent needed help planning and preparing. For those parents, who still want to homeschool, there is help through university-model schools and online academies, both of which provide the necessary planning and accountability for success.
9. You Simply Don’t Want To
If you are part of a church or family who believes whole-heartedly that homeschooling is the only way to educate a child, but you don’t have the desire to do it, then do yourself a favor—DON’T DO IT! Homeschooling takes commitment, and if your heart isn’t in it, then something will suffer—your relationship with your child, your relationship with your spouse, your peace of mind. Don’t spend your days hating what you are doing.
I’m sure there is another good reason NOT to homeschool. In fact, I’m sure there are hundreds. If you know of one, comment and let me know. And if you missed the first part of this post, check it out: 9 Good Reasons NOT to Homeschool, Part 1.
If you have any questions about how to get started, or if you need a cheer leader to get you through a difficult time, contact me or post below. I’ll help any way I can.
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