Because I’ve completed my years of homeschooling, I have the benefit of hindsight. I also like to be completely honest, and not just write to get lots of readers on my blog. So, today I would like to talk about some of the negative things that can happen as a result of homeschooling. They may or may not happen in your home.
Some children can grow up to be unhappy with your choice to homeschool them. They may seem happy when they’re young and at home. When they’re older and look back on things, their opinion may change. Maybe they might feel that their education wasn’t adequate to prepare them for the job market or college. They might feel that they missed out on other things in life. I’ve personally seen these things happen. Some children aren’t provided a top-quality education and therefore miss out on job opportunities. I’ve seen this happen far too often, and it’s very sad.
One other thing that is a negative is that mom is also a teacher. It’s hard to wear two distinct hats with your children. For me, I was a certified teacher. This made it even harder. I felt the teacher within me very strong. I come from a long line of teachers, and always wanted to be a teacher. So, was I supposed to “Be” a teacher until 3, and then “Be” Mom after 3?
This was a little weird. Over time, it got easier. Homeschool moms have to find that middle ground. We need to be mom, but also a firm teacher. There should be a plan in which your “students” succeed in learning everything that is expected of them. The student must be accountable for what needs to be learned. And, we do it with the love and understanding of a mom who really “knows” how they learn. This enables us to teach them better than anyone else. What a job!
No rose-colored glasses here. It was tough job, but I loved homeschooling my children. God bless you as you do the same.
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