I Don’t Have the Training
This is not only a fear that many people have about homeschooling – it’s also a very common myth. The fact of the matter is that you don’t have to have a degree in education to be a homeschooler.
You don’t even have to have teaching experience. All you need is a passion for helping your kids learn what they need to navigate through life, the willingness to research the things you do not know and the persistence to see things through.
With the vastness of the internet, you can learn just about as much about educating your children as people who went to school to learn. Plus, if you do happen to struggle to teach your kids certain subjects, there are always options like boxed curricula, homeschool co-ops and tutors that can help to fill in the gaps.
I Don’t Have Enough Time
The beautiful thing about homeschooling is that there is no set schedule that you are obligated to follow. Depending on where you live, there may not even be a set number of hours that you must homeschool your children.
You have the freedom to work homeschooling into your schedule wherever it fits. There are homeschoolers who are single parents, who have full-time jobs, and a variety of other situations which would normally make you think that homeschooling would be impossible, but they make it work!
You can homeschool early in the morning, in bits and pieces throughout the day, at night, on weekends – whatever works for you and your family.
You could also try relaxed homeschooling, which has a focus on not making homeschool seem so formal. This style allows learning to happen naturally and in a more relaxed environment. So, whether you have 2 hours a day to devote to homeschooling or can homeschool from 8-3 every day, you can find a schedule that fits and works for your family.
Granted, it may take some experimenting, but once you figure out what works for you, it will all be worth it.
I Don’t Have Enough Money
When you start diving into homeschool and you see the vast array of homeschool materials and opportunities that exist, it can be hard to choose. You find yourself wanting to buy and do it all.
When you’re faced with the reality that your budget is limited, it can be disappointing. For some, the budget is tight. Shoestring tight. That can be discouraging. So discouraging, in fact, that it can make you feel like homeschooling isn’t the right choice for your family.
However, if you are resourceful, there are a ton of free and affordable resources and options that can help you make your child’s homeschool experience just as full and well-rounded as anyone else’s.
Start by researching free online homeschool materials. You can also research homeschool and/or educator discounts that are available, both nationally and in your community. You may be surprised by which organizations and businesses are willing to give great discounts to homeschool families.
Also, don’t forget about your local homeschool community. Connect with local homeschoolers to find out about used homeschool book sales, swaps, and other events that could help you get everything you need at a lower cost.
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I Don’t Have Enough Patience
When people find out that I homeschool, I often hear them say, “I wish I could homeschool my kids, but I just don’t have the patience”. I find that amusing.
Homeschool moms and dads aren’t perfect. We don’t have eternal springs of patience in reserve. We get frustrated, just like any other parent or educator. It’s not about having great deals of patience. It’s about understanding why you homeschool.
When you have a strong and important reason for homeschooling your children, it becomes a motivating factor to push through the hard times when your homeschool experience becomes frustrating. It also helps to have a strong homeschool support system.
Your support system includes people who you can turn to during those days when you’re feeling empty on patience. This support network can be made up of friends, family, or other homeschoolers.
In fact, your fellow homeschoolers will likely be your best bet when it comes to dealing with frustration because no matter what you are going through, you are bound to find at least one homeschooler who has gone through it as well – and survived. They can be your go-to when you need help, advice, or a listening ear.
They Won’t Get Enough Socialization
“What about socialization?” This is a question that many homeschoolers are asked at some point in their journey. Sometimes on a weekly basis. We hear it from family, friends, and complete strangers.
However, it is also a question that many of us ask ourselves. Do our kids have enough friends? Are they learning the right social skills? Do they participate in enough extracurricular activities?
The thing is, though, that socialization isn’t just something that homeschoolers have to contend with. It is something that kids from all backgrounds may either thrive in or struggle with.
When you think about public school (or life in general), I can almost guarantee you can think of people who fit every category on the social ladder. There are always people who are social butterflies, with legions of friends in their social circle.
Just as there are always the quiet ones who preferred having just a few close friends. Some people are introverted. Others are extroverts. Many others fall somewhere in between as ambiverts.
The key to “socializing” your child is simply to get to know who they are, what they enjoy doing, and then doing what you can to help them have ample time to do more of what they enjoy doing. It also comes down to actively introducing them to new things, new people, and new ideas to see whether there are other things they could enjoy.
When you view socialization that way, it opens a lot of doors. Between community events and activities, sports, clubs, organizations, and just hanging out with friends, homeschoolers have ample avenues available to socialize.
So, don’t worry about it! Just focus on having fun and trying new things. Besides- the thinking that homeschoolers are NOT socialized is trap. Don’t fall into believing that myth!
Here are some more books I would highly recommend that can help guide you in your homeschool journey too.
Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingMinimalist Homeschooling: A values-based approach to maximize learning and minimize stressProject-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed LearnersThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)Homeschooling When Learning Isn’t Easy: helping your family excel with special needs
These are just a few of the fears that can plague homeschoolers. If you’re a current homeschooler, what doubts did you have when deciding to homeschool? If you’re thinking about homeschooling, what doubts are you currently struggling with? Please share in the comments below.