While I may love homeschooling, there are also numerous things I dislike about homeschooling! I am sharing a few of these today. Consider them before you begin homeschooling!
Our family has been homeschooling since 2010, and I will be the first to tell you how awesome homeschooling is. We LOVE it and plan on being in it for the long term. However, there are also many things I dislike about homeschooling, and while these things aren’t deal breakers, they do make me slightly jealous of my friends whose kids are in public school.
Here are 5 things I dislike about homeschooling!
The “S” word
I absolutely hate the socialization question. It is one that honestly makes me want to punch the person in the face who asks. In today’s world, where homeschooling is on the rise, and public schools are eliminating “socialization” opportunities, I am shocked that people even have the gall to ask how my kids will be socialized. Between co-ops, field trips, extra curricular activities, and other errands and events we rarely go a whole day at home. Homeschooling allows our kids to socialize with the real world. Not limited to kids segregated by age and grade. People need an education on the true meaning of socialization before they start responding to homeschoolers in a rude manner.
Paying for curriculum
The public school curriculum is free, homeschool curriculum is not. We have always been blessed with the funds or the curriculum when we need it, but I still dislike the cost and having to shell out the money. Going along with this is the lack of resources available if you have a child with special needs. I touched on this some in my homeschool pet peeves post.
NO free time
Ever! Our kids are with us all the time. When I do get a free moment, I normally have something I need to do. A homeschool moms job is 24/7. The only job that is truly ON all the time. No yellow bus to take the kids away. No break time. No adult conversation unless you’re at a co-op. Plus, when your kids are with you all the time, you end up being interrogated when your kids are with you during school hours (see #1).
Playing dual roles
Being mom and teacher is great sometimes, yet sometimes it’s not. Breaking out of teacher mode and back into mom mode is hard. At least for me. I feel like I am ALWAYS the bad guy. I mean where is the principal?! Plus, playing teacher, also means you get to be the one who grades ALL the papers and does all the planning. We also are required to play taxi driver, be a cook, a nurse, a housekeeper and doer of all the things. It’s exhausting, and sometimes we just need a break.
Falling in love with homeschooling
When I started homeschooling, I didn’t know how long we would be doing it. However, now that we have been doing it for 8 years, I have absolutely fallen in love with it. So, why is this on the dislike list? Because I know we are in it for the long haul, which means that I have 12 more years (EEK) of dealing with numbers 1-4! It also means I am left justifying our choice every day for the next 4,380 days. Unless by some miracle homeschooling truly goes mainstream and is an honored education choice by everyone. Not just the smart ones 😉
Do you homeschool? What would you add to this list?