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Homeschooling Gives Family More Flexibility

Its easy to see how moms would have more time for work or personal interests once all the kiddos have entered full-time public (or private) school. Some would say this time gives them more “flexibility.” I want to share with you how choosing to homeschool my boys actually gave me more flexibility.

Before I chose to homeschool, I was driving my oldest to all-day, every day kindergarten while trying to provide childcare in my home for other families. I also had my three year old to care for as well. Since I have to work to help with the income, I’d rather do something from home.

I opted to not have my kindergartner ride the school bus. First, I didn’t want him on it because I wasn’t sure he’d really be safe. Secondly, the bus stop was at the end of the street. I’d still have to get everyone strapped into the van and then sit and wait for the bus. Not my idea of stress-free.

Instead, I chose to pack up the kids in the morning and try to make it to school on time to drop him off. Then strap everyone I had back into the van later in the day to drive back to school to pick him up. I then had to decide whether I would drag these children into the building with me to sign him out. Sometimes one or more of my little wards would fall asleep on the way and I had to decide if I could get everyone into the building with me carrying a sleeping child or leave them all in the van.

Choosing to homeschool gave me a lot more freedom in a number of ways:

  • Not having to be up and dressed by a certain time. If we need more sleep some days, we can have it. If my husband has a late work schedule, the kids can stay up to see him when he gets home.
  • I don’t have to worry about when the extra children will show up for me to watch and how I’m going to get everyone where they need to be, not to mention whether or not I have enough car seats. (And, let us not forget about having to carry “sleepers” into the building.)
  • I also have freedom to teach my kids the things I want them to learn and tailor it to their needs. We can take our time learning and absorbing real life. We can do field trips. I don’t have to teach them “how to pass a test” to make any school system look good.
  • We can travel when its convenient for our family! Since I blog, I often get opportunities to visit and review family-friendly attractions.
  • I don’t have to worry about taking time off of work to stay home last minute with a sick child.

Still, homeschooling has its challenges and requires a few sacrifices. But as I shared here, the sacrifices are worth it.

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.

5 Comments

  1. Susan @Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

    March 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    When my oldest was in school, it seemed like the youngest (at that time) was always ready for a nap when it was time to pick him up after school, or was already asleep and was awakened when I had to strap him into his carseat. And getting him there in the morning was no picnic, either. ;0)

    I agree that homeschooling gives you an incredible amount of flexibility. Birthdays can be holidays. Science can happen at night when the stars are out. You can “do school” during the summer when it’s unbearably hot outside and then take a fall break and enjoy the changing colors. It’s much easier to schedule routine doctor’s appointments. The list is really endless. Of course, it’s really hard for me to get to the store without any kiddos in tow. ;0)

  2. Christin

    February 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I homeschooled our three girls for one year before we moved over to Europe and it really did offer a lot of flexibility in our schedule. We were able to travel to my grandmothers funeral without the worry of school schedules and make up work. When I needed to travel with my husband to Europe for this move, I just packed up the girls and took them to my sister who also homeschools. It was so much easier. I also think that my girls had a fantastic bond with each other, it seems the more time they spend together, the more they enjoy one another. We do like our International school here in Europe, but there are many things I miss about our homeschooling days….mostly the time with my children.

    • Tracy Zdelar

      February 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you for sharing, Christin. I imagine even that one year of “togetherness” homeschooling allowed has stamped precious memories that will last a life-time for you and your girls. Sounds like you’re girls are getting a great adventure in life being part of various educational settings- especially school overseas!