With just a few keystrokes and the simple click of a mouse, you can find hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts listing reasons to homeschool your kids. In fact, just a few short months ago, I wrote an entire series about that very subject.
Although there are some variations, for the most part, many of the reasons are the same. Some people bring up values, while others write about the freedom that homeschooling brings, and these are definitely great justifications for homeschooling. But there are a few I’ve thought of that you don’t hear mentioned often, although they seem rather obvious to me.
So here are:
5 More Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids
1. Your child has a physical condition.
As the mother of a child with constitutional delay, I cannot tell you enough how much of a blessing homeschooling has been. Had I continued to send this child to school, I have no doubt there would have been bullying, teasing, and mental abuse at the hands of classmates. Allowing your child to remain in an atmosphere of love and acceptance is far better than the alternative.
2. Your child has a behavioral condition.
Children with disorders such as ADHD often get a bad rap in schools because of their natural inclination to fidget, talk, and daydream. The classroom setting is simply not a good choice for children such as these, IEP or not. An at-home school setting gives your child the liberty to talk, take breaks, jump around, and daydream to his heart’s content. In addition, homeschooled children have the added benefit of learning at their own pace, not a school’s arbitrary timeline.
3. Your child is being bullied at school.
Countless times, I have been so frustrated and heartbroken over news reports of children committing suicide because they were being bullied- usually at school. These stories often contain anecdotes about parents asking for their child’s school to intervene, to no avail. I can’t help but ask myself…Why would parents who knew their kids were getting bullied allow them to remain in that atmosphere, whether the school helped or not? I can understand how the prospect of homeschooling may be intimidating to some, but even cyber schooling is a much better option than school. No child should have to go through that. Ever.
4. Your child has separation anxiety
When I was in kindergarten, I used to spend every single day in the teaching assistant’s lap, crying because I wanted my mommy. Every. single. day… All. year. Tell me, what is so important that it’s necessary to force a young child to be separated from a parent all day long if it obviously traumatizes them? Studies show that children who are calm and happy learn infinitely better than children in stressful situations, so obviously, children like this won’t learn well in a school setting. Homeschooling is the perfect solution to this problem.
5. Your child is easily influenced by others.
Let’s face it. There are some kids who will do anything to be accepted. If your child is like that, school is NOT the place for them. I know it’s a cliche to talk about how bad kids are nowadays, but in the face of school shootings, assaults, and the onset of the ever-rising 15 minutes of fame, thanks to Facebook Live and YouTube, school is not what it once was, and teachers are powerless to do anything about it. Protect your child’s dignity and morality by keeping him home.
As homeschooling becomes more and more mainstream, it makes sense to consider it a valid option in the face of difficulties such as these. Don’t overlook it simply because it’s something different. Anything that can help your children to learn in a peaceful and nurturing environment is an asset, no matter how unconventional it may seem. Take the chance.
Your kids are worth it.