As the teacher and parent, will I increase the odds of scarring my kids.
As a home schooling family we do, to an extent, live a little more isolated than other families – not to say that the kids aren’t “socialized”, they are, but I am Momma and teacher and they are with me and each other all day and all night.
You mentioned a teacher who said something that your son interpreted differently than the teacher intended. You, who know that child better than anyone else, can teach him to his personality and abilities, you have the opportunity to use wording and techniques that work for him, an opportunity that doesn’t always arise in a class of 20+ kids.
Yes, you could (you will) scar your kids for life. But if you’re choosing to home school it’s probably a decision based on love, and that tends to trump the other stuff, guiding you to be a caring, conscientious teacher and parent.
If the kids are home schooled is there time to work on the marriage, work, grocery shop, etc?
Marriage and Self – You have to make time to do things together. Find another home schooling family to swap babysitting with to accommodate date nights. Eat dinner as a family whenever possible. Enjoy a romantic dinner after the kids go to bed. Snuggle on the couch together in the evening while watching a movie. Involve your spouse in home schooling, if he’s interested. Also, make time for yourself. A worn out Momma isn’t going to keep going forever and needs to be refueled – figure out what you need to refuel and make it a priority (for me it’s as easy as hanging out with friends, going camping with the kids, or relaxing at the beach while the kids do their own thing).
Working – During school hours (9-4) the kids come first. Occasionally I’ll get work done, especially if it’s a busy time of year or I have a deadline, but for the most part I’m with the kids, sitting at the kitchen table teaching and checking work (sometimes I get stuff done on the laptop, but hands on stuff is tougher). I do most of my work before 9 am and after 9 pm. Generally, when I do have to work during the day I involve the kids, they learn a bit about running a business but mostly they just fight less if they’re occupied.
Grocery shopping – I’m not a shopper, I don’t find going shopping to be cathartic or relaxing. My kids are now a little older and I can do my shopping in the early morning before school and don’t have to take them with me, I’ll drive the older two to school, run into Sam’s before the store fills up, and be home by 9. In the past I did shop with them, often all six of them – two in the double stroller, two holding the stroller, one in the cart seat (or still in a car seat) and the oldest helping me out, so it certainly can be done.
Is it more expensive to home school?
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