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Home Education, Part 2 | Is Homeschooling Worth the Sacrifice?

Last month I shared three sacrifices that homeschooling (educating my children at home) requires of me and I posed the question, is it worth the sacrifice?

Is this path really worth what I’m giving up?

To evaluate further, let’s see what my children have to gain as well as myself.

Protection and security.

I know, I know. I can’t protect my child from everything. But it is a parent’s job to protect their children to a reasonable degree. Our children should be more protected than not, in my opinion, because they are at an impressionable age. Do I want them following the crowd out of peer pressure and, in doing so, go down a path of some of their foolish, immature peers? Even if my child is a “good” child, I believe “bad” influences can and do succeed to ruin  “good” children rather than  “good” children changing the “bad.”

I get to really know my child.

By educating my children at home I am forced to spend a lot more of our waking hours together interacting, influencing, and getting to know and understand  them. If they are away in school, then they are gone from home about six hours a day, five days a week. If they ride the bus, it’s even longer. Then they would likely have homework, or they may have extracurricular activities. Throw in supper and a decent bedtime and I ask you: who really is being the main influence in my child’s life?

In order to really know, understand and  influence my children, I have to spend not only quality time with them but, a LOT of time with and around them, even when part of that time with them is simply being able to observe them.

My children get to know me.

The other half of me getting to know my children is them getting to know me. Depending on the type of mother I am, this time together will build their confidence and trust in me as their mother who loves them unconditionally. They also get to know what they can or can’t get away with, which means I have to be consistent with discipline.

I don’t believe homeschooling is the “only” right way to educate your child. I really don’t. But these are just a few of the great things that can come out of homeschooling, depending on the kind of person you are as a parent.

We only have our children for a few fleeting years and soon they will be making decisions based on the way they were influenced throughout the years they were growing up. As parents we need to be vigilant for our children. We need to do our best to lay the right foundation now so that as they mature they can trust us to come to us  with anything and trust our judgement to help them make the right decisions. And, it’s going to take our time. We have to start making time with them.

Now.

 


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“Homeschooling-mom” and “mom-blogger” are two roles Tracy Zdelar didn’t plan on owning. However, as they often do, things changed. She is the Prime Parents’ Club Homeschooling Contributor and also writes at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.[/author_info]

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In addition to homeschooling her boys, Tracy owns and writes from her blog Hall of Fame Moms sharing not only reviews on family-friendly products and places but also posts about homeschooling resources, frugal living, her faith and more. Like her boys', she enjoys wild things in nature. Catterpillars, bugs and tadpoles are welcomed guests in their home. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

6 Comments

  1. christin

    June 8, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Great article. Too bad more people do not see the positive sides of home schooling verses focusing on the absurd issue of “how will you socialize your children”! UGH! I want to pull my own ears off when someone says that to me. :P

  2. Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

    January 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you, girls ;)

  3. Ashley

    January 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I really like the areas you touched on in this post. Very true!

  4. Prime Parents Club

    January 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I really like your take on this topic. The part about “who is raising your children?” really hits home and gives serious food for thought.

    THanks.

    /jackie