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Homeschooling is Parent Intensive

12 Dec

Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but, surprisingly, as a homeschooling parent, we are required to homeschool our children.  It’s not the books or dvds that homeschool our children and, no, the children can’t homeschool themselves.

Everywhere I go online at present, parents are looking for ‘less parent-intensive’ homeschooling options.   It’s a really worrying trend.

Homeschooling is parent intensive.  It’s the nature of what we have chosen.   Desiring something easy and quick as your complete curriculum is a lot like only feeding your family take-out meals each and every night because you just don’t have the time or the energy to devote to actual cooking.  Sure the kids can survive on take-out meals but it’s not the healthiest choice.  Programs that write mum (or dad) out of the equation limit the success of homeschooling.  The lack of parental involvement may ultimately see homeschooling fail for that family and children returned to school.

Easy options are helpful for a short period to get you over a hump, but they are poor options for your main homeschooling diet.

Skimp on the house cleaning, cut down your work hours, set aside your outside commitments but give your children your time.  They need your attention.  Devote yourself to homeschooling your children, if that’s what you have chosen.  It’s not a job you want to do half-hearted and Ronald McDonald is definitely not a good homeschooling role model.

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2 Comments

Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Homeschooling Thoughts

 

2 responses to “Homeschooling is Parent Intensive

  1. Shelley

    December 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    So true & the first years when we have to train our children into habits of learning as well as the actual learning – this is not always an easy road.
    I read quite a bit before we decided h/ed was the right choice for us & at times I read how “easy” it is to home educate children & how little time it takes. I wonder how many parents are led astray by comments like that which do not paint a truly realistic picture.
    I feel that it can set parents up for such a down fall as they have an unrealistic idea of what home education involves & therefore sadly may lead some to feel they have failed as the reality of the work & time required becomes obvious.
    🙂

     
  2. Sheryll

    December 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Also when starting out with young children, homeschooling is easy and fun. It’s playing with them, spending your day with them, with an occasional ‘lesson’ thrown in. Then suddenly they are school age. Ack! More subjects, more time involved, and kids who don’t necessarily love everything you are doing with them. Suddenly it isn’t as fun as it was.

    I agree, the degree of parental involvement is what ultimately determines success (though not the only factor), and this is true for kids in school as well.

     

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