10 Reasons You Could Never Homeschool (And Why You Really Can!)

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After more than a decade homeschooling, I’ve probably heard all the excuses about why other parents just couldn’t homeschool.

It’s fine if you don’t want to homeschool. It’s not for everyone. However, if it’s something you’d like to do but you’re letting your fears get in the way, I’d like to show you why you really can homeschool.

10 Reasons You Could Never Homeschool (And Why You Really Can!)

1. I don’t have enough patience. Oh, y’all. If you’ve got some genuine anger management issues, then maybe. (Though I’d recommend working through that with a counselor for your family’s sake and your overall peace of mind.)

However, if you’re a person of average patience who gets frustrated over homework and such, you really do have the patience to homeschool. My oldest was in public school for kindergarten and first grade. I found homeschooling much less a strain on my patience – most days – than the 2-4 hours of homework I had to help with each night.

2. My kids won’t listen to me. I’m going to be blunt – this is a parenting issue, not a homeschooling issue, and it’s often a whole lot easier to work on parenting and character training issues when you’re spending the majority of the day with your kids.

3. I’m not smart enough. This one always makes me shake my head. Most of the people who say this are public school graduates. If you really don’t think your public school education resulted in you being smart enough to teach your kids, do you believe that it’s the best education for them?

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I’m not knocking public schools at all because the truth is most of the time that’s an insecurity issue rather than an actual commentary on your own education, but isn’t it at least something to think about? Most homeschooling parents find that they enjoy learning alongside their kids and if you sincerely do struggle there are ways to teach the difficult subjects.

4. I can’t afford to homeschool. While it is true that the majority of homeschooling families are single income, that’s not true of all of them. Many homeschooling parents work from home. It may require a bit of creativity, but it’s possible for single parents to homeschool and to homeschool when both parents work outside the home.

10 Reasons You Could Never Homeschool (And Why You Really Can!)

5. I couldn’t stand to be around my kids all day. Ouch. I think most parents who say this are used to spending the evenings with their children when everyone has been at work, school, and daycare all day and you’re all tired and grumpy.

When I first became a stay-at-home mom, it was an adjustment for my daughter (my only child at the time) and I. We weren’t used to being together all day. However, it didn’t take long to adjust to being with a little person all day – especially when it was my little person whom I loved so dearly. We got to enjoy each other at our best, not our tired-and-grumpy worst.

6. My kids need to learn to deal with the real world. School is not the real world. Period. Where else are you going to be segregated with your age-mates all day long?

The idea of homeschooled kids sitting around with their siblings all day is not really an accurate picture. Most homeschooled kids today have a broad range of social options and interact with a variety of people in decidedly real-world settings. Most homeschooled kids are prepared for the real world as much as their traditionally-schooled peers.

7. My child has special needs. Many would-be homeschooling parents worry that they’re not qualified to teach their special needs child. In fact, homeschooling a special needs child may be the ideal educational option. It allows kids to receive one-on-one instruction, a personalized education, and practical accommodations without all the bureaucracy that may be required in a traditional school setting.

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8. I don’t want my kids to miss out. Many parents worry that their children will miss out on things like sports, band, or prom if they homeschool. What many people don’t realize is how many opportunities there are for homeschooled kids today.

In our area, there is a homeschool team for nearly all the same organized sports teams that a traditional high school would offer. We have homeschool band, drama group, mock trial, and a variety of clubs. There are several dances hosted each year, including prom.

Do a little investigation to see what is offered in your area before writing homeschooling off for potential missed opportunities that may not be missed at all.

9. I want my kids to be able to go to college. Homeschooled kids have the same college and university options as their public-schooled and private-schooled peers, including scholarship opportunities. The Homescholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships is a  fantastic resource for college-bound homeschooled students.

10. I don’t want my kids to be weird. Newsflash: Homeschooling doesn’t cause weirdness. Sure there are weird homeschooled kids – but I bet you could name off a few weird kids from your school, whether you went to public or private school. If you were homeschooled, maybe you’re the weird kid, but I doubt that was caused by homeschooling.

I don’t think that every parent on the planet should homeschool. You have to do what’s right for your family. However, don’t let fear cause you to make excuses if you really want to homeschool.

Are there other fears holding you back from trying homeschooling? Homeschooling parents, what fears tripped you up in the early days?

This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday and the Hip Homeschool Hop.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Love it! We were encouraged to homeschool our special needs son by his third grade teacher 18 years ago. We did it and never looked back. I now have a 7th grader and ninth grader still to go. It has been a fantastic 18 years of homeschooling!!
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. That’s wonderful, both that you were able to homeschool your son and that you were encouraged to by your son’s teacher. I had a teacher tell me that homeschooling would probably be beneficial for my daughter before we began, too. Too many people seem to have this attitude that classroom teachers and homeschooling parents are mortal enemies. I think most of us, whichever title we bear, just want to see our kids succeed. I really think that homeschooling can be the ideal learning environment for many kids with special needs. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. I wish we had as many opportunities for homeschoolers as you do! That must be awesome. 🙂 Another excuse I hear a lot is, “I wouldn’t have time to homeschool.” People assume that just because school takes 6-7 hours a day that that’s how long homeschooling takes. I just came across a break-down of a pubic school day by a former educator, and she calculates that the average kid in school only spends about 51 minutes a day actually learning!

    1. That is an excellent point, Shelly. I’ve heard that excuse, too. Homeschooling really doesn’t take the amount of time that many people think it does. Thank goodness! 🙂

  3. that last one made me laugh, not weird, but your site is weird unsocialized homeschoolers! I want my kids to be weird if it means that they Love God, don’t bully, swear do drugs etc. Not like the world is ok with me!

  4. Thank you so much for this! I used to homeschool my older kid but last year she went back to school for a variety of reasons. We are now about to homeschool our little one (5 years old) and my main worry has been that she doesn’t listen to me so no.2 on your list has really hit the nail on the head. It’s completely true, it’s not a homeschooling issue at all and I’m sure that as we spend more time together we will develop a wonderful relationship. Thank you again!!

    1. Over the years, I have been so guilty of turning parenting issues into homeschooling issues. I often have to remind myself that homeschooling isn’t at fault for this issue or that. I put that reminder there for me as much as anyone else. 🙂 I’m glad it helped.

  5. I loved this post! There are some days where I say “why am I doing this” but at the end of the day it really is worth the sacrifice to be able to stay home and homeschool. I love learning with my son. He is only in 2nd grade but I find myself learning a lot right along with him 🙂

  6. I used to obsess over everyone staring at us when we would be out during the school day. I would hunt for approval or get blind sided by disapproval. People would pop out of the woodwork it seemed to give their (unsolicited) thoughts on homeschooling. That was 10 years ago. After a few years, I started to need less and less validation. And Voila!!!! The unsolicited advice just seemed to disappear. Funny! I no longer needed input and the universe quit giving it to me from random sources! ????

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