Contrary to some beliefs about education, homeschooling can actually benefit a child, especially if said child has unique needs. While traditional schools offer that basis for structure and standing typically necessary for that latent educational development, keeping your child at home might actually provide a better environment than some might think. Consider your options, think about your child’s personality and your own personality, and make the decision for yourself: is homeschooling right for me and my child?
Some of the advantages are completely obvious. For one thing, you’re in control. How your child does with other kids, other teachers, has been taken out of the equation. No more calls home, no more suspensions, no more busted lips–you as the teacher and parent can actually make sure your child stays in line. And believe it or not, that’s an appealing idea! Another benefit is the ability to tailor your child’s development in a more flexible manner not usually typical of traditional schooling. If your child needs more help in math, you can give your child that while lessening time on English studies, for example. No more having to get up early in the morning for the bus or breakfast in school either–time is more flexible and less stressful for you and your child. Moreover, you’re in control of your child’s diet; issues regarding the common complaints of “I don’t like their food” or “it’s gross!” are out the window when you’re making the food you know your kid likes.
Consider your decision carefully, though. While those are excellent benefits, there are still disadvantages. Ultimately, it all depends on you and your child. Is homeschooling the way to go? You decide.