Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene ii) by William Shakespeare
Many people consider homeschooling but never even get started because their fears destroy their desire for this wonderful lifestyle.
Others start homeschooling but don’t enjoy the experience because they are constantly afraid that they are not doing things right or not doing enough.
They are afraid
I think they are afraid that somehow or other, they will miss out a really important part of their child’s education. They are afraid that some educational guru will come and expose them as ‘frauds’. They worry too much about about the opinions of unimportant others.
My answer is simple. Don’t worry. I know it’s easy to say that. But really – don’t worry. Homeschooled young adults have a reputation for being well-rounded, well-educated young people. And you, doing your best in your home with all your daily life problems are going to do better or as well as a teacher in a classroom, with all her/his daily life problems, and with a whole class full of children, and without the passionate love and concern for your child that you have.
Nobody said you have to be an expert. You just need to be an intelligent, willing parent.
They make mistakes
We all get things wrong. We all make mistakes in our parenting. I make as many mistakes as anyone. But I say with confidence that it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to be less than perfect. And it’s okay to give your child a childhood rich with experience, learning opportunities and love, even though it won’t be perfect.
Of course there will always be people who will try to distract and pull you down. That’s their problem, not yours. People have said outrageous things to me and my children over the years and I’ve got used to it. It’s not nice, but it doesn’t throw me.
As you grow in homeschooling confidence and in parenting experience, so you will be stronger and more able to resist negative pressures and your own fears.
Don’t fear what other people will say or think, respond to them courteously, with a smile. And focus on ENJOYING homeschooling.
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. Measure for Measure, (Act I Scene iv) by William Shakespeare
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