During school shutdowns due to Covid-19, articles about the disruption to families’ lives abounded. Newscasts reported students falling behind.
Why? Each year, parents happily homeschool millions of children, and those families not only survive but also thrive.*
Although it should be obvious that homeschooling only works if you want to homeschool, along the way I learned that some parents miss that truth.
Before Covid-19, I met homeschoolers who pressured themselves or felt pressured by others to homeschool. One family homeschooled out of fear. Those parents were miserable. The children were barely surviving. Thankfully, the parents eventually chose other options.
Years later, I met families who successfully homeschooled some of their children but not all. Circumstances varied as to why certain children did not want to be homeschooled or why parents did not want to homeschool certain children. All thrived with their tailor-made options.
Just as I married because I wanted to marry—not due to pressure or fear—I needed to homeschool because I wanted to homeschool—which carried me through many challenges.
Considering homeschooling this year? Why?
*U.S. Department of Education estimated 1.69 million students were homeschooled in 2016.
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