Recently, I wrote about the things I hated about homeschooling. In the article, I get all whiny about stuff I really don’t like about being a homeschooling mom. Did you read it? (If you didn’t, it’s here.)
Since that day, I’ve been asked to list the things I love about homeschooling instead. That’s actually an article I’ve avoided writing, because it would be a very long list indeed.
As a compromise, I decided to share a few of the reasons I enjoy being a homeschool mom. I hope my reasons may help some to understand what it’s like to be a homeschool parent. Perhaps it will also inspire others to consider this kind of lifestyle for themselves.
Things I love about homeschooling
Being in control
As a Type-A parent, this aspect of homeschooling is very appealing to me. Getting to decide what we do, when we do them, and how we go about our days is the way I work best. I like being “the boss”, so I know I would’ve had a very difficult time turning this task over to someone else. Though my husband and kids have a strong say in everything we do, I’m not ashamed to say that I like being in charge of school. It suits me, and I’m happy in this role. So, why not?
Achieving superior results
Because I’m all about excellence, I am always interested in things that could improve our lives. That’s why, when home education came across my radar many years ago, I knew it was something I should probably take seriously. Our results, plus the results of millions of others who successfully homeschool as well, have confirmed those initial instincts. We experience excellence in lots of areas — academic, social, family and more. By my definitions, and I guess the definitions of lots and lots of other people, it really is “superior”.
Building loving relationships
Like many children of the 50’s and 60’s, I was lucky to grow up in a home where my mother was always home, and in which we did lots of activities together as a family. Because I wanted a similar childhood for my kids, schooling at home was a way to provide those opportunities for us to grow as a family, and for my kids to develop loving relationships. I cannot imagine how our lives would be different if my children were separated from my husband and me, and from each other, for long periods of every day. That just wasn’t what I wanted.
Avoiding (early) hard knocks
I get that kids need to operate in the “real world”, but I am of the opinion that some lessons are best saved for when kids are a little older and a little better prepared to handle. I wasn’t interested in my children experiencing things like separation, fear and anxiety really early on. I didn’t want them exposed to certain attitudes, pressures or other negative stuff when they were too young to know what to do about them. I love that homeschooling gives us time to introduce those experiences to our kids when they’re ready, and to talk about them in a safe and understanding environment afterwards, too.
Raising confident kids
Probably one of the biggest reasons I love homeschooling is watching my kids grow into confident young adults. Their confidence is reflected in the way they act and speak, they way they dress and wear their hair, the career goals they set and ways they seek to achieve them, the ways they participate in activities, and in the people they choose to be around. I believe building confidence is one of the most important aspects of raising children. Homeschooling gives me the chance to work on that full-time.
Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is a college professor who traded in her tenure to become a homeschool mom 20+ years ago. The founder of homeschool groups and organizations, she works to advance home education, and is an outspoken supporter of education reform coast to coast. Her book, Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in Two Weeks, is industry-acclaimed as it illustrates how homeschooling can rescue children and families from the system, and how anyone can begin homeschooling within a limited time-frame and with no teaching background whatsoever. A liaison for regional school-to-home organizations and a homeschool leader in Florida, Marie-Claire also mentors homeschool families nationwide. A conference speaker, she has appeared at FPEA, H.E.R.I., Home Education Council of America, Luminous Mind, Vintage Homeschool Moms, iHomeschool, and many other events. Her articles have appeared in and on CONNECT, Homefires, Homemaking Cottage, Kiwi, Circle of Moms, and hundreds of other blogs nationwide. Marie-Claire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.