Whether you have chosen to homeschool your child because you are unhappy with the quality of education that formalized education systems offer or because you simply want to spend more time with your child, you are under no obligation to defend your choice in front of questioning neighbors and relatives. Parents who homeschool their children often suffer homeschooling guilt.
Here are common questions parents ask themselves that lead to homeschooling guilt:
Am I Providing My Child Quality Education?
Yes, but that depends on the resources and methodologies you use. It’s best you join online forums for homeschooling parents and devise a proper curriculum.
What about Social Interactions?
‘Homeschooling’ isn’t just about schooling your child at home. You can take them out to the park, get in touch with other parents who home school their children and arrange meetings on a weekly basis. Take your kids out for a walk around the block and teach them about their surroundings. They will learn more about the world by spending time in the open rather than in an enclosed classroom.
How Do We Manage Extracurricular Activities?
If you are worried your child is not participating in enough extracurricular activities, all you have to do is mix and match their schedule a little. Include time for sports, teach your children to play chess and take them to the theater. Homeschooling gives you the chance to shape your child’s mind the way you want to.
Remember these pointers the next time you suffer homeschooling guilt:
- Home-schooling allows you to build a meaningful relationship with your child
- Homeschooling transfers your values and beliefs to your children
- Homeschooling protects your child from negative influences
- Homeschooling allows you to explore your options and teach your children important values they would otherwise not learn at school.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.