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.