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The Pros & Cons of Homeschooling: Is It Right For You?

written by: wahmbrenda • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 9/21/2012

Are you thinking about homeschooling your child? Then you should know about the advantages and disadvantages of doing so before you even get started.

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    There are a lot of parents today who find that homeschooling has been a great blessing for their family. However, before you dive into this lifestyle headfirst, you need to know that there are some disadvantages to be aware of. Understand some of the negative aspects as well as the positives in order to make the right choice for your family.

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    The Disadvantages

    Homeschooling, like anything else in life, has disadvantages to it. These are not meant to discourage you, but they are something that you must take into consideration before you ever start homeschooling your children. Some of the potential negative aspects of homeschooling include:

    • You will be spending 24 hours a day with your child. During this time you will need to be nurturing, even though you may not always feel like doing so. As such, time for yourself will take a backseat.
    • Family and friends may oppose your decision to homeschool and you my find a limited support system depending on your area.
    • There will be times when you will grow frustrated because your children isn't learning anything or you feel as though you are “behind.”
    • An important part of your “job” will be to create opportunities for your child to socialize with other children.
    • It can be difficult to juggle housework and schoolwork. Homeschooling is a full-time job in that it requires research, preparation, time to set up and clean up, organizational time and time for teaching too.
    • You will need to set some money aside to pay for your child’s education.
    • One parent will have to stay home to educate their children. Therefore, this may not be a feasible option if you have a single parent home or both parents have to work.
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    The Advantages

    More than likely you will discover that the benefits to homeschooling far outweigh its disadvantages. Some of these numerous advantages include:

    • Your child will be able to learn better thanks to the one-on-one tutoring he will receive. This will be especially beneficial if there is a particular subject that your child struggles with as you will be able to spend more time teaching that subject. Of course, you will also be able to move quicker in those subjects that he excels in too.
    • You will be able to build your child’s character based upon your personal moral beliefs. You will have more control over the things that influence your child and will be able to choose curriculum that complements your faith and values.
    • There will be less peer pressure and negative influences upon your child. This means that your child will be able to develop at his own pace without being criticized by his peers for doing so. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of homeschool activities that your child will be able to be involved in.
    • Homeschool children don’t have to worry about doing work after school is done for the day. They can concentrate enough to be able to complete their work during school time.
    • You can be more flexible and spontaneous. If you want to pick up and go to the park to do nature study, you can do so. This is a great way to teach your child just how exciting learning can really be. It also allows you to be able to create a weekly schedule that fits your needs and allows you to do those things that are important to you. All of this can be done while still ensuring that your child gets the rest he needs.
    • Your child will have free time to discover themselves and their interests.

    Making a Good Choice for Your Family

    Most parents who decide to homeschool feel that they know their child best and are therefore in the best position to provide individualized education for them. However, homeschooling is not just an educational decision but a lifestyle change. There can be a great many benefits for your family, but make sure you are fully prepared before taking the leap.