50 Reasons Homeschooling Is Less Stressful Than School

Oh, yeah. I’m gonna go there…

Here's why homeschooling beats out school every time.

One of the most common things I hear from strangers upon them hearing the revelation that I homeschool is how I must be crazy because sending my kids to school would be so much easier. 

Here are 50 reasons why I disagree:

#1- My kids get sick less often. This is crucial in a family our size.

#2- Lice outbreaks. Need I say more? 

#3- Being inside a nice warm house on cold winter mornings while school students are freezing at bus stops or on their way to school. Confession time- we actually like to drink hot chocolate and look out the window on those cold mornings, feeling sorry for the kids walking to school but quite blessed ourselves.

#4- Slow mornings. No mad rush searching the house for missing homework, shoes, and toothbrushes for us.

#5- No need to answer to anyone. I’m in charge of my kids- not school administrators.

#6- No need to ask permission to take our own children away on vacation. That was one thing that really bugged me when my kids were in school.

#7- No need to worry about bullying. Again, need I say more?

#8- No mounds of useless paperwork needing to be signed, dated, and sent back to the school. Aah, freedom.

#9- No PTA meetings. Don’t scoff. I’ve been to some pretty brutal PTA meetings.

#10- No school traffic. We can plan our errands and the routes we take around this major nuisance.

#11- No bomb threats. Unfortunately, our school district gets them quite often, and the administrators get quite angry if you try to pick your kids up early because of them. Seriously.

#12- No need to deal with violent outbursts by unruly students. Teachers today have been stripped of their authority to deal with these kids, and so the problem just escalates.

#13- No apathetic, overworked teachers. This is partially a problem because of Problem #12, Common Core, and standardized testing.

#14- I actually know my kids. When my kids were still in school, they were always either too tired or had too much homework, which prevented us from connecting in any meaningful way.

#15- My kids actually like being around each other. Most of the time.🙂

#16- Street slang has been severely limited in invading our house. Thank God.

#17- My kids can be themselves. No peer pressure to worry about here!

#18- We can wear pj’s all day if we want. Laugh if you must, but this is important.

#19- No secular humanism being shoved down my kids’ throats. Don’t let the government fool you- this is the religion of the schools.

#20- No parent/teacher conferences. Unless I just talk to myself.🙂

#21- No after-school programs. As useful as these seem, the biggest effect they ever had on my kids was keeping them away from their family longer.

#22- No homework. I never could understand why 6-7 hours of school a day isn’t enough for educational bureaucrats. Why the need to creep into family time, too?

#23- No labeling. I get it. Some kids need special attention. Unfortunately, schools have gone overboard with this for the sake of getting extra money from the government.

#24- No ungodly early morning hours. We can start whenever we want- even at 9pm if we choose!

#25- No 6 hour marathons of drilling. We can end whenever we want, too- even if it’s 1 hour after we start!

#26- We can take breaks whenever we want. We’re not bound to anyone else’s schedule.

#27- We can learn however we want. God didn’t create children exactly the same, so why do schools expect them to learn that way?

#28- No rushing around to get my huge crew of kids to and from school on time. Boy, I love homeschooling.

#29-My kids stay kids longer. I love not having to argue with them over things like short skirts, crop tops, and false eyelashes.

#30- We can eat whenever and whatever we want. Sorry, Mrs. Obama.

#31- Individuality is embraced, not filtered out. Assembly lines are for cars, not kids.

#32- We can encourage entrepreneurship instead of just teaching our kids to be good employees. Check into it. That’s why schools were created in the first place- to train obedient workers.

#33- My kids actually have a say in what they learn about. People learn best when following their interests, so we take advantage of that for an all-around better education.

#34- My kids actually have life skills. My children are very self-sufficient. Even my 5- and 6-year olds know how to use the microwave and operate the dryer. These are the skills that are the most necessary for everyday life, yet overlooked in a school setting.

#35- No test prep here. My children are too busy learning useful things.

#36- We can emphasize our Christian values. The moral relativism taught in schools can stay far away from our children.

#37- Our family is central, rather than school, friends, and extracurricular activities. It’s hard to have a close-knit family when it has to take a backseat to everything else.

#38- We can have the playground to ourselves. With a family our size, this is a must.

#39- We can say “forbidden” words and phrases like Merry Christmas, Easter, and Jesus. My kids’ former school was even leery about the word God. So sad.

#40- My kids aren’t stuck inside a building on beautiful days. We can choose to do school outside or not at all.🙂

#41- My kids learn about the world by actually being in it. Why do people think a simulation of real life (aka- school) is better than the real thing?

#42- Our lives don’t revolve around the school district’s schedule. What a freeing feeling. Sigh.

#43- “Recess” is as long as we want it to be. Sometimes that may mean all day.😉

#44- We can “do school” wherever we want. Whether it’s at home, the yard, the library, or even the store, one place it’s not is in a sterile classroom.

#45- Reading together. Yes, you can do this when your kids are in school, but we can do it more, and my kids aren’t too exhausted to pay attention.

#46- No pressure to learn something they’re not ready to. Nothing can take the fun out of reading like forcing a child who isn’t developmentally ready.

#47- No Common Core. So far, we’re free of that utter nonsense.

#48- My teenagers can get better work hours. There are many more job opportunities for those who don’t have to work around a school schedule. In fact, my daughter is only too glad to work with adults rather than kids her own age. She gets pretty irritated with them.

#49- We can chew gum in class. My daughter added that one.🙂

#50- Our kids are safe. In this day and age, I honestly don’t know how people can send their kids to school and not even think twice about it. I don’t have to worry about that.

 

Phew! Glad that’s over with. Now it’s time for me to print out about fifty copies of this to keep with me in case I run into someone who thinks school would be easier for me. Think this will keep them quiet?

How do you answer when people say that to you? I’d love to hear your replies!

 

 

 

 

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

90 thoughts on “50 Reasons Homeschooling Is Less Stressful Than School”

      1. I think it’s incredible when I hear someone say they homeschool their children. I never did, I didn’t feel like I was smart enough or organized enough to do it. I think it is great what you are doing for your children. I am envious.

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        1. I think you underestimated yourself. You don’t need to be a genius to homeschool, just willing to learn alongside your child.🙂 And while I am organized to a point, out of necessity, it’s certainly not my strong point! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Except for the lice, I say yes to it all! (Yes, you can get lice even if all your kids are homeschoolers, they aren’t in a Sunday school or co op, and they practically play with no one outside the family.)

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      1. Yes, you are right that they can get it, but in our experience, it’s far less often. When my kids were in school , we had to deal with it at least once a year. In all our years of homeschooling, it’s only happened once. (Thank God!)

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      1. The first thing you want to do is find out what the laws are in your state. Do you know any homeschoolers who could help clarify that? Here are the links ot two posts are wrote for people who are new to homeschooling- https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/an-open-letter-to-the-new-homeschooler-i-met-today/ and https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/a-no-nonsense-guide-to-homeschooling/. Feel free to message me with any questions you may have. Good luck!

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  1. Fantastic list and all so true. I certainly don’t miss rushed mornings, COLD mornings (the school made kids stand outside in rain, snow and wind until the bell rang!) and dealing with administrators who treated me like a second-class citizen because I was a mere mother. Sending my kids to school was definitely more work and hassle than it was worth. But my top most reason is the safety concern: physical, mental and spiritual. It’s not worth jeopardizing my child’s safety.

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  2. Great list, not so sure about #45 but hey😛 I never really thought about it but I always laugh at school supply shopping time when parents are checking lists the length of my arm and stressing, and I need like 30 things. And need might be want. I picked up a list one day, it was crazy the things they wanted. No wonder parents are stressed out that alone would drive me nuts.

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  3. 50 times yes!!! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels that way about number 50 (I’m not an overly anxious person, but the idea of leaving my kids all day in the hands of strangers, where my kids just get lost amongst dozens if not hundreds of other kids, just sounds so terrifying!). My 2 kids are just 1 year old and 6 months pre-birth (coming in Spring!), so I’m not quite homeschooling yet. But my heart’s desire is to homeschool them and raise them focused on Christ and family, and you’ve given me 50 reasons why!

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  4. I can’t believe this blog post isn’t more popular with thousand of comments!!! I love this post! I was homeschooled as a child and truly never realized how much i was benefited by it! My kids (2 and 4 months old) will be homeschooled because I agree with every one of these points of yours! I think the decision to homeschool is often only considered with the mother in mind – will it be too hard to teach? will it interfere with my schedule? how will I get everything done around the house AND be teacher? Where will I homeschool? I’m glad that this decision has already been settled in Hubby and my’s mind. If not I think my stomach would be knots over the thought of sending my kids to school – christian or not. In fact i was a an elementary christian school teacher and i wouldn’t even send my kids to a christian one! Too much premature knowledge about things they don’t need to know about and even though it’s a christian school, teachers are not always understanding, loving or even ethical. That’s sad. Anyway, rabbit trail there! I love this post! I found via a link party this morning. Hope you have a great day! Keep spreading this good information! Pin it! If you would like group boards to pin to, please email me! I have lots of group board you could share this info on!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for this extremely encouraging comment! Every homeschool graduate I’ve met has also made the decision to homeschool their kids, as well. I think that says a lot! I did pin it to a few boards, but I would love to join some more group boards. I’ll be messaging you soon!

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    2. True…I thought for 5 years at the Christian school our 2 kiddiewinks attended, and I am so glad that we Homeschool now… I have found out that christian doesn’t always mean Christian, and our children have picked up some negative thinking/habits that they wouldn’t have had from home, but we hold on to Gods promise in Romans 8:28 and enjoy watching them change for the better…

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  5. Great list! We have a few years to go before we decide which route to take as my oldest is only 17 months old, but I’ve thought about the pros and cons a lot. As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve seen the ups and downs of public schools. There are a lot of great pros for homeschooling on here!

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  6. I love your list!
    I had to return to work last month and I am jealous of your situation!
    I know home schooled kids who are now adults and boy did they turn out awesome!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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  7. We haven’t started formally homeschooling yet because my son is only 4. In fact our state just changed the birthday of enrollment so my son couldn’t start school until 2018 when he would be almost 6. I’ve worked in the school system in three different capacities and it was my experiences that first got me looking into homeschool. Also, my husband is an HVAC tech and has a very unpredictable schedule, this is our main reason for homeschooling. I want my children to be able to take naps on school days so they can stay up late enough to see their dad when he gets home. We live on a farm with my parents and my brother gets picked up at 6:20 in the morning, so your #24 is another big reason why we are homeschooling.

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      1. We live in the middle of no-where but the 6:20 pickup has a lot to do with a bus driver shortage and over dependence on a computer program deciding the routes instead of using input from the drivers. I have a lot of issues with our school system in general and we are supposed to be one of the best in the state. That ranking makes me very concerned what the education system is like in the rest of my state.
        I’m naturally a planner, so deciding to homeschool early is the best way for me to keep my sanity.

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  8. OH MY GOSH!!!
    #14- I actually know my kids.
    #32- We can encourage entrepreneurship.
    #30- We can eat whenever and whatever we want.
    I can’t tell you how excited I got when I read these…. increasingly excited in that order haha!

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  9. I will admit in some ways sending my kids to Traditional school was easier. Also, there is a place for Traditional school as some parents aren’t interested in teaching their kids, or the home life is rather unhealthy and school is the only place the kid feels comfortable, or the school has programs and opportunities that aren’t available to parents who homeschool. The point is – we have choices that allow us to do what is best for our kids and our families. With that said, homeschool hasn’t stopped me from being able to work outside the home, or get the kids involved in activities outside the home, or even limited their number of friends. But it has been due to a lot of legwork on my part. In my case, homeschooling is so much easier and beneficial to my kids.

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    1. The only thing I can remember about school that I did enjoy was being able to actually hear the crickets chirp outside because of how quiet my house was. Considering the alternative now, though, I’ll deal with the noise!

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  10. Love it! I so wish people could understand this…although sometimes it’s neat that people think I’m amazing for homeschooling (secretly I think they are amazing for being able to have all their kids dressed, feed and at school when I’m just waking up!). I wish #10 was one the benefits for me homeschooling but we bought a house around the corner from an elementary school (it literally takes 35 seconds to walk there from my house). It’s crazy how often we find ourselves trying to come home during the school pick-up rush! I can’t imagine fighting through that everyday to get my kids!

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  11. These are good points. All of it will depend on the home situation. For example if parent (one or both) has a severe addiction problem, being in a school rather than watching the behavior of parent, will benefit the child. I’ve worked as a tutor in the schools before. many of the children in the schools sadly come from single parent homes……. though single parents can still home educate quite well.

    One thing that IS also a benefit to home education is more focus on subjects that are necessary and well liked. Like more focus on ‘nature studies’….. or study more deeply the ‘civil war’….. let alone more access to bible study meditation….. perhaps an enjoyed foreign language.

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    1. Yes, there are certainly extremes in which school is a better option. And, yes, you are right about being able to delve deeply into subjects. That is such a huge benefit to homeschooling. For example, my oldest daughter would never have been able to study psychology for three years in high school like she has at home. The most she could have done in school was 1/2 year.

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  12. Lice could have been the whole post by itself!! When my girls were in elementary, they had lice 8 x in 8 weeks!! After I shaved my head bald, they didn’t get them again for a long while! Whatever they had been doing, the threat of balding them stopped it cold!

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  13. Thank you… I needed to be reminded of these things. I’m on my 8th year with a 3 yrs old, K, 5th, & 7th and have been feeling burned out. I think it would be worse if I had to get them to school every day. I’m grateful for your encouragement. God bless!

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  14. My wife teaches our kids and would likely agree to all50. In all seriousness, many of these can sound extremely self-centered. I think a different set of 50 that addresses the major flaws of both public and private education would advance the homeschool cause in a way that sounds less selfish. A good portion of your list does this, but maybe you could refine it, especially if you plan to hand it to strangers who ask, “Why homeschool.?”

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    1. I actually have a series of posts called Why Should We Homeschool? https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/why-should-we-homeschool/. In that series, I do address many of the public school flaws, and if you take a look around my blog, I write about that subject. A lot. The point of this list was to address the comment people make about how sending our kids to school would be more CONVENIENT for us, so my intention was to highlight how it would not be convenient for us. That is why I chose to focus on the comforts of homeschooling. I think many people agree that schools are terrible, but they mistakenly assume that we’re just making life harder for ourselves. This post was to point out that this is not the case. Thanks for commenting!

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  15. I love this list! Mine are teens now, with my oldest about to graduate and we are all so thankful we decided to pull them out to homeschool. The biggest blessings have been relationships: my kids know and love each other and really do enjoy each other’s company. And I know them so much more intimately than if I dropped them off for most of every day, which means I’m able to address challenges and celebrate victories more easily as they come up. I would add: No class parties, field day, awards day. While they might sound great, they always ended up being stressful for me and my kids. Always. And another one: we have all developed beautiful friendships with like-minded homeschooling families in our area and around the world (via online classes), instead of being thrown together with a mish-mash of people who just happen to live in the same school district and have kids the same ages.

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  16. #51 My kids grew up with a sense of their own worth, not entitlement. They understood who they were and that the were (and are) dearly loved, but the world doesn’t revolve around them. They are comfortable in their own skin.

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