The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Taking some time to consider the pros and cons of homeschooling, especially when making a life changing decision like home-based education, is very wise.

Knowing the advantages as well as the disadvantages, the negatives as well as the positives, will help you not only make a good decision, but will minimize any discouragement or negative feelings you may encounter when educating your child at home.

Anyone can homeschool, but homeschooling is definitely not easy.

Homeschooling requires commitment, diligence, and at times, perseverance from both you, and your family. 

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A Rewarding Experience

Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience for both you, the parent, and your children. Nothing can compare to the joy you feel as you see your children grasping concepts you taught them. You also have the privilege of walking alongside your children throughout the day, as they grow and develop into mature young people.

The journey will take time, effort, and sacrifice, but there are so many joys and blessings along the way!

More Family Time... Yay!?

When homeschooling, your family will experience increased time together, much more than regular families. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing, I guess... depending on the family member, or if your family doesn’t get along with each other.

Homeschooling forces your family to:

  • Work together.
  • Get along.
  • Help each other.
  • Overlook differences.
  • Develop patience and acceptance

... on a daily basis.

When homeschooling, your family will experience increased time together, much more than regular families. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing, I guess... depending on the family member, or if your family doesn’t get along with each other.

Although not easy, family relationship-building, and learning to interact positively with each other, is always a good thing!

Enjoy a Simplified Lifestyle!

Other pros and cons of homeschooling may be giving up a second income or staying home full time with your children to school them.

Most homeschooling families do live on one income, however you will find many opportunities to earn additional income, if needed... sometimes from the comforts of your home!

Living on one income may not seem like something you think you can do, especially if you are accustomed to living a certain lifestyle, or enjoying particular luxuries.

Downsizing isn't all negative, however.

Homeschooling makes you to prioritize your values, often causing you to realize, or remember what truly matters in life.

Homeschooling can also help your family start to appreciate and find enjoyment in life's simple pleasures - like taking a walk together or watching ants work tirelessly, as they care for their colony.

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Vary

Remember, pros and cons will vary depending on your family and your situation. Each family is unique and chooses to homeschool for different reasons.

When talking to homeschooling families, you will discover a variety of benefits to homeschooling, depending on the family’s values or goals.

If you're serious about home education for your family, taking some time to consider the pros and cons of homeschooling, helps you make a wise decision. In this section of my website, I cover the both the positive, as well as the negative aspects of homeschooling.

Knowing the "bad things" about homeschooling eliminates potential surprises and minimizes any negative effects you may experience.

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