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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.
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.
Paying for curriculum
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 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…
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 5 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 15 more years (EEK) of dealing with numbers 1-4!
Do you homeschool? What would you add to this list?