As we’ve discussed in my previous article, parents often feel overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling or feel like they need to re-evaluate and stop doing it and there are many different reasons for it. In today’s article, I would like to highlight 2 other issues parents often face.
• It’s too expensive
A lot of families don’t homeschool or consider stopping because curriculum and classes could be expensive and usually homeschool families are mostly a family with just one income, because one of the parents are taking care of the homeschooling.
– To be able to save on paying for curriculum and classes, families could join charter schools who supply them with funds for acquiring those from approved vendors.
– The homeschooling parent could also have a part-time job earning a little extra money.
– Consider how much it would cost if you didn’t homeschool but instead had to pay for afterschool care, extra clothing for school and work, meals out because of work schedules etc. A lot of the time homeschooling is actually the financially cheaper option.
– Compared to private school, homeschooling is really cheap and a lot can be done inexpensively or free with the use of the library and the internet.
– A lot of used curriculum could be found at used curriculum stores and sales. Learn Beyond The Book has an educational supply store that has a lot of used curriculum year-round, but also has an annual curriculum sale.
• We have a lot of hard days
The most common problem I see in all the families I deal with regularly is that not everyone is homeschooling in a strong community of homeschoolers and therefore feels like they are the only family who has certain issues whereas in truth, it is a very common issue.
All homeschool families have some bad days and some have them all the time. The question to ask is whether it would be any better if you did traditional school? I think in most cases the answer will be no. Everything in life has pros and cons and it is the same with homeschooling.
– Every family has to decide for themselves what their goal/vision is for their children and if homeschooling is the best for them. If you don’t have that figured out, you will constantly doubt what you’re doing and the grass will always look greener on the other side. Of course you will re-evaluate it regularly.
– The one thing I always want everyone to understand is that you are not alone in your struggles and if you are regularly spending time with other homeschool moms, like at parkdays, you will find out that we all have very similar frustrations and struggles. The parenting worries just get magnified in homeschooling. Feel free to read my other article about the average homeschooler and consider connecting with other homeschoolers.
These are just some other concerns parents have and some possible solutions. Stay tuned for more in the weeks to come.
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