The day-to-day life of homeschooling can be tough, but I believe the pros of homeschooling far outweighs the cons.
Homeschooling is hard. Like, drinking-in-the-middle-of-the-day-hard. Pounding-your-head-against-the-wall hard. Shouting “Why did I ever think this was a good idea??!!” Uffda. It’s tough. Somedays just suck!
BUT there are times when homeschooling isn’t so tough. The rare days when you can balance it all: wife, mother, teacher, caretaker. Days when you savor . . .
The Pros of Homeschooling
1. When you see back to school prices. New school supplies, new clothes, new shoes, new everything! I enjoy taking advantage of low prices during back to school time, but I’m glad I don’t have a bunch of things I “have to buy.”
2. When the most stressful part of your morning is the kids fighting over the toaster to make breakfast. They literally yell and scream at each other. But at least I am not yelling and screaming at them to get them out the door on time.
3. When you can help out your sister with her newborn baby twins. I had the joy of helping out with my nephews in their first few months of life. It was such an amazing thing to experience.
4. When you hear about school violence. I believe the first words out of my mouth when I hear of another shooting is “Thank god we homeschool.”
5. When the kids are back in school and you have all the playgrounds, museums, and parks to yourself. Nothing beats an uncrowded museum or seeing a whole gaggle of homeschool kids taking over a playground.
6. When you go on vacation or couples weekend during the middle of the school year. Not to mention it’s so easy scheduling dentist visits and doctor appointments. And we love our impromptu weekday visits to meet Grandma.
7. When your kids get to spend their days being kids. My kids don’t have a lot of the pressure school kids have. Before the start of school, a friend and I were talking about her son. He is going into second grade, but it feels like he is going into fifth with all the pressure. A fellow homeschooling mom says she can notice the difference in her son when he is around his old school friends. He acts much more grown up and shows off. Instead of acting like the 12 year old he is.
8. When your kids play with kids of all ages during get togethers. Friends aren’t made because you were born in the same year. My kids are usually the youngest at the homeschool dates, but when was the last time you worked with or hung out with people who were the exact same age as you? It’s important to be able to relate to your peers, but I like how my kids are learning to get along with kids of all ages.
9. When you see your child can’t sit still, needs lots of attention, lives to make others laugh, pretends to know the answers to questions AKA “She would SO not succeed in regular school.” This is my mantra with Harley. I don’t want to spend all my time answering phone calls from the school or sitting in the principals office because she taught the whole class a song about butts. Because she would do that.
10. When your child has trouble starting to read. I think this is one of the best pros of homeschooling. What kind of pressure would my daughter have faced at school? She was almost 8 when she learned to read. She loved books and knew her letters but something wasn’t clicking. In her own time she was able to start reading and she has never looked back! I am glad my kids are in a learning environment that will cater to their needs as they face challenges in their future schooling.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle, and it isn’t for everyone but I love presenting people with the pros of homeschooling. I hope it shows we care about educating our kids and aren’t about sheltering them or isolating them from the world. Mark Twain once said, “Never let schooling get in the way of your education.” And we don’t intend to!