Homeschooling your children is a bold choice, and while it is becoming more and more accepted by society, it is still pretty out of the ordinary. For this reason, many homeschooling parents worry about whether or not they made the best choice for their children. Additionally, these same parents often stress themselves out about the many trials that come after choosing to homeschool.
That said, worrying doesn’t really solve any problems, and in many cases, the concerns these parents have are likely about things that are non-issues entirely. Therefore, if you are a concerned homeschooling parent, it might be time to take a step back and have a good long look at what you’re doing. If it feels right and your child is thriving, it probably is right and you can stop stressing out right away.
Still aren’t sure? Well, here are three common concerns that all homeschooling moms and dads should let go of right now.
#1: Staying at “Grade Level”
Know this: Your child will learn and grow at their own beautiful and wonderful pace. No matter which curriculum you choose and no matter how many sick days you take, your child will continue to blossom into a wonderful little human. Comparing your little one to other kids and expecting them to fit into an arbitrary mold set by the school system is just silly.
Stop worrying about “grade levels” and getting through the workbooks and start concerning yourself with feeding your child’s curiosity and showing them the beauty of the world. You might be surprised just how much they pick up along the way, and you’ll be left with a clever little person who can think for themselves and ask intelligent questions—something that is so much better than having a child who is at “grade level”.
#2: What Other People Think
People will always have different ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong. That’s what makes our world go round. However, if you let the opinions of others dictate how you live your life, you will soon find yourself in a pretty miserable place. Therefore, it is crucial that you make an effort to ignore the naysayers and do what is right for your family, no matter what other people think.
You may lose some friends along the way, but you will make new ones with similar mindsets. Those new friends—as well as the amazing journey of growing your kids your way—will make the difficult parts well worthwhile.
Socialization is almost always the first thing people bring up when homeschooling is mentioned. The funny thing is, most homeschooled kids are far better at socializing than the average American child. This is because homeschooled kids spend time with people of a variety of ages and interests; they chat with the adult neighbors and giggle with friends in dance class; and, they visit with grandparents and find mentors in their areas of interest. Heck, they even work on socialization during family visits to the grocery store.
Therefore, as long as you are living a regular life in which you get out of the house once in awhile, socialization is not something you need to be worried about.
If you find yourself stressing out about these things, you may benefit from finding a tribe of likeminded individuals to help you through your rough patches. Here at The Loop, we offer just that.
Take a look at our schedule, sign up for a class or an event, and come by to make some friends. We look forward to meeting you and your family, and we know you’ll fit right in.