Should You Homeschool Your Child?

Your child’s education is definitely one of the most important things in their lives, and it’s also something that has the potential to shape their future and even their personality, which can be either positive or negative depending on the experience they have during their education.

Although they’ve certainly come a long way since the days of our grandparents, and even our parents in some cases, the fact is that not all schools are made equally. While some of them may just be a bit stuck in the past, others will have much bigger issues that can genuinely cause a child in their care distress. Therefore, it’s important that the schools we choose to send our child to is one in which they can thrive and actually have an enjoyable experience and where they can achieve a balanced education.

Since you know your child better than anyone, it’s up to you to make the decision where and how they should be educated. Some families are opting for completely removing their child from state education completely and educating them at home.

There are many reasons parents will choose to do this: Some have simply lost faith in the education system as a whole, others know that their child isn’t thriving in that environment for whatever reason and needs more individual attention or a bigger challenge in their learning, while still others may choose to homeschool because their child is being bullied within their school environment. 

If you’re currently facing any of the above challenges and are re-thinking your child’s educational set-up, then you might be looking into the option of homeschooling. Of course, like everything, there are definitely good sides and bad sides to homeschooling, and only you as the parent can know this.

One of the good things about homeschooling is that you can completely tailor the educational experience to your child’s needs and give them tasks that are related to their strengths and interests.

On the other side, one of the negative things about homeschooling is that it’s a huge commitment for you as a parent if you’re planning on doing the educating yourself. This is certainly something you should take your time to consider as a family, and also allow your child to be part of the decision, since ultimately this is their education and not yours, so the decision should really lie with them.

If you do decide that homeschooling is the best option, then you can still work this around your current lifestyle. If you work, for example, by bringing in a private tutor for your child. However, there are alternative options that could be viewed as a compromise between homeschooling and state education, such as looking for a school for gifted children, or an alternative education method like a Montessori school, where children who have previously struggled in state education tend to perform much better since it focuses more on the individual learning needs of the child instead of boxing them together.

Because we like to stir a good conversation, this comes to you as a mom of three who is also a public educator. So let’s talk about it! What are your thoughts and what has worked for your family? Comment below to let me know what kind of school setting works for you!

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