That is the question. There are many different reasons why parents choose to homeschool and why parents choose public, charter, or private schools for their children. There is no right or wrong answer here and it all depends on expectations of lifestyle and what will work best for you, your spouse, and your children. Not one of us parents the same way, so how could our children’s education be the same?
The majority of my friends and family send their children to school and I have some family who are teachers or who work in the education system. I am a product of the public school system and I ended up with a Bachelor’s degree so I think I did okay.
Why did I make the decision to homeschool my children then? Ask any homeschool Mom, and they will most likely tell you they had a calling to homeschool. Or maybe they had first put their child into school and realized that wasn’t a good fit. Homeschooling is not the easy choice and as a homeschool Mom, I don’t feel that my children are any better than children who go to school. It is a choice that my husband and I made together, and it fits our family’s lifestyle and how we would like to see our children educated.
There are many parents out there who need two incomes to support their lifestyle and there are single parent families out there who have to send their children to school, so that they can go to work. Some people in this group decide to homeschool as well but again it is a choice. There are also stepparents and legal guardians who make the decision to homeschool or not. There are career Moms out there and I give them so much credit because I know how hard I work at home and I can’t imagine working a full job, and coming home to do all the Mommy stuff at the end of the day. The career Moms don’t understand homeschool Moms either or how we could choose to have our children be at home once they reach school age.
The key here is that we all need to honor and respect each other and our beliefs. Some of us are homeschool Moms or a homeschool Mom who may work from home, a career Mom who works away from home or a stay at home Mom who sends her children to school. None of us can think we are any better or judge the next Mom because we don’t know what goes on in that Mom’s world. It may be completely different than our own world.
Embrace the differences amongst yourselves and discuss how that other Mom who may be a relative or friend feels. Most times, unspoken communication is our worst enemy. Ask questions and have a good laugh at all the experiences you are going through as a Mom. Acknowledge compassionately, each other’s decisions and lifestyles and don’t get caught up in judgment.
I thank God that we have the freedom to homeschool in our country. It is mine and my husband’s decision and choice, but I realize that there are many others out there who feel differently and who would rather send their children to school. One of my children may say they want to go to school one day instead of being homeschooled, and I will have to honor their request.
I hope this article was helpful to you. Only you know the best decision that can be made for you and your family. My best advice would be to pray on it and do research for both spectrums of homeschooling or sending your child to school. It is not an over night decision and it is not an easy one to make.
Kelly – Raising Samuels