I am a huge advocate of homeschooling. I homeschooled both of my children and I loved it! However, I think there are some times when you should not homeschool. In fact, I think there are some children that would be at a disadvantage by being homeschooled instead of educated in a different setting. Today I am going to share 8 reasons not to homeschool.
8 Reasons Not to Homeschool
To shelter the child from bad things
Bad things happen. They happen everywhere you go. If you are homeschooling to keep your child from seeing or experiencing bad things you are in for a surprise. Being a homeschool family means doing life with your kid 24/7. Unless you put them in a bubble they are going to see things and they will experience pain. The only difference with homeschooling is that you will be there with them to help them process it.
** There is an exception to this rule. Things like immunity related issues such a coronavirus or other sicknesses that respond wrong to a sickness might be a good reason to choose a homeschool or distance learning approach.
My friends are doing it
That’s good. I am sure there is an old saying about a bridge and jumping that ties in well with this. Just because homeschooling is the right decision for your friend doesn’t mean it is the right decision for your family or your child. A decision to homeschool based only on keeping up with others is wrong. Look at what works best for your family instead.
Does this choice fit your child’s learning style? Do you have what you need in order to successfully homeschool this child? Is there time for you to do what your child really needs? Take some time to answer these questions before making a choice your friend might be making.
Homeschoolers say it’s the only option
Ok, some homeschoolers can be big bullies. They think that the only way every child should learn is at home. This is not always the best option. Please ignore them. There are many options for educating your child. Take the time to look at the options and decide what is best for your situation and for your child. (Homeschoolers, back off of people. It’s not fair to the mom who believes she is doing right for you to attack her parenting choice.)
You are over-committed
You can’t afford it
Your child has special needs
You are doing it for you
Homeschooling is to give your child the best education you can. I am not looking down on you at all. For some these feelings can be dealt with and the parent may still want to homeschool. Homeschooling with the proper motives can be a joy. I don’t want you to miss it.
You and your spouse disagree
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