If you’re thinking about homeschooling, but still unsure if you should go for it, then you should definitely think of what could be your reasons not to homeschool.
However, if you feel confident and capable enough to be teaching your child at home, then consider this as your beginner’s guide to homeschooling.
Moreover, I have another blog post that you can also check out which explains homeschooling and everything you need to know to get started.
You can read it here.
We hear a lot of positive things about homeschooling. and how this can be an excellent stepping stone for your children before going to a regular school.
But have you considered weighing the cons?
If you are still finding in your heart if homeschooling is really for you, I’ll share with you 10 reasons NOT to homeschool, before it’s too late for you to change your mind.
10 Reasons NOT to homeschool your child
1. You’re not open to the concept of homeschooling
Why are you even considering homeschooling if you are not open to it? Just save yourself and your family the trouble of having to go through bad homeschooling experience if you do not believe in it.
Having friends who are homeschooling their children, doesn’t mean you have to do it, too.
Sure, it will somehow convince you to do it. But if you’re not into it, then DON’T.
2. You’re not smart enough to homeschool your child
Children who stand homeschooling tend to be smart kids. I am not talking about the highly intellectual ones, I am talking about all kinds of smarts. If you can’t beat these smarty pants, then save yourself as early as now you. But hey, do you seriously think that?
Or, let’s get personal here.
When it comes to the academe, we all have our strengths and weaknesses.
Most likely, you wouldn’t be comfortable teaching all subjects because you favor one over the other.
Or simply because you hate a particular subject, that’s all.
For example, if you hate or you’re poor in Math, would you be confident enough to teach it to your child?
This has been a struggle for me. But then, I realized that in homeschooling, you have to show to your child that you enjoy learning. too.
As time goes, well, I still hate Math (wink) but I think I’m getting pretty good at it. At least the basic concepts.
3. You don’t have a lot of patience
If you do not have the patience of seeing your house messy, and having crazy mornings, plus planning and re-evaluating your schedules every now and then, then homeschooling is not for you.
Homeschooling for busy moms can be tedious, and if your patience is at capacity, then this is among other reasons not to homeschool your child.
4. You can’t afford it
Don’t do it if you can’t afford it. It may be true that homeschooling may cost more compared to regular schooling, but it is only going to be as expensive if you let it.
With homeschooling expenses, some of the things you need to consider are
- homeschool materials
- homeschool curriculum
- homeschool room ideas
- homeschool activities
- homeschool schedules
So if homeschooling is way beyond your budget as a working mom, then don’t force it.
Related post: Minimalist homeschool room ideas for small spaces
5. Your kids don’t like the idea of homeschooling
I’d really like you to think about this one.
I suppose we all want to homeschool for the reason that we want what is best for the kids. But if they hate the idea, then it must be very difficult for everyone.
Or course, there’s the fear of growing up and turning into a “weirdo”, or an anti-social.
But, we are wired to have a desire to learn anyway, it should not matter if it’s at home or in a brick-and-mortar school.
In the end, homeschooling isn’t just your decision to make. Ask you child if this is what he/she wants, too. If not, then don’t.
6. You don’t like to spend more time with your kids
It may sound like we are terrible moms to not want to spend more time with our kids. But truth be told, homeschooling for working moms might be too much to handle.
Moreover, if you are craving for a little “me-time” after a long day’s (or week’s) work, this might probably be among your reasons not to homeschool.
Consider the number of hours you want to spend, with your family, with your career, and with yourself.
If you think homeschooling will not interfere with your regular everyday life, then go for it.
It it’s going to be too much for you, save yourself the trouble and have your child attend a regular school instead.
7. Learning new things isn’t fun for you
Does shopping for school supplies excite you?
Or do you find the concept of going “back to school” a terrible idea?
If you’re saying yes to the latter, then here’s among the other reasons not to homeschool.
If you think you’re just not wired for more learning, then it’s simple, homeschooling is not for you.
8. You want more free time
Homeschooling for busy moms may already be as daunting as it sounds, but wanting more free time for yourself may not be possible if you want to get serious with homeschooling your kids.
Your free time would mostly be afternoon sports sessions with your kids or other things that the kids would have to do during “their” free time.
9. You don’t want your house to be EXTRA messy
A messy house, or a messy playschool room for that matter, may often be a good sign that learning is taking place. If you can’t fight your inner Marie Kondo, then you’ll have a problem homeschooling.
10. You think all kids have the same learning curve
If that’s what you think, then homeschooling is definitely not for you and your family. Even twins have different abilities and milestones. If you can’t get past thinking that your children should be coping the same way other children do, then homeschooling isn’t a good idea for you.
These 10 reasons not to homeschool may be convincing enough for you not to dive into homeschooling, only because it is not for you. Homeschooling for busy moms may mean a whole new level of busyness, but it is definitely worth it to be able to bond and spend time with the kids while learning together.
What made you decide to start homeschooling?
Did the pros outweigh the cons? In what way?
Let us know in the comments.