5 Days of Tips for Homeschooling Parents

Bookworm just finished 3rd grade when we decided to pull him out of school to homeschool.  We had been dealing with bullying issues and felt that homeschooling was our best option.

But, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t scared to death.  In fact, my husband and I both agreed we’d only commit to homeschool for one year.  If it didn’t work, we’d stop.

I was scared for three primary reasons:

  1. I didn’t know if I could do a good job teaching him while also caring for my then 4 and 3 year old daughters.
  2. I worried that I wouldn’t be a good enough teacher and that I’d stunt his education by homeschooling him.
  3. And, I’m embarrassed to admit it now, but I worried that I wouldn’t be able to spend all day with him and still be able to get along with him.

That last point is the one I want to talk about.

Your Child Will Behave Differently When HomeschoolingWhen I tell people we homeschool, I get a variety of reactions.  Often, one of the reactions goes something like this, “I don’t think I could stand being with my kid all day!”  Every time I hear that, I cringe at the same time that I empathize.  I used to worry about that, too.

Even if you’re not one of those types of parents, you likely know them.  They’re the parents who dread summer break, Christmas break, and snow days because they don’t know what to do with their kids.

Those days used to be challenging for me, too.

See, I constantly heard from Bookworm’s teachers how well-behaved he was at school.  But, that was NOT what I was seeing at home.

What I saw at home was defiance, screaming, door slamming, you name it.  And I worried that if I homeschooled that would be the behavior that I got every day.

But it wasn’t. 

Sure, my son has his bad days now (don’t we all?!), but they’re nothing like the days he used to have when he attended school.

I realized, a few weeks into homeschooling, that his behavior at home was a result of being stressed out and exhausted from school and endless homework.  When those pressures were lifted, his attitude became so much better!

If you want to homeschool but you’re worried about your child’s behavior, rest assured, that behavior will most likely improve when the pressure of traditional school is removed.  You may even find yourself enjoy a better relationship with your child as we have with Bookworm.

This post is part of the TOS Crew Review’s 5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents. Click below to read more from other bloggers with a variety of situations and experiences:

Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Latonya @ Joy in the Ordinary
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Megan @ My Full Heart
Melanie (Wren) @ finchnwren

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