Hi, my name is Jackie and I’m the founder of HomeSchool ThinkTank and the host of the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast.
At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe it’s likely that you can homeschool your kids.
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. However, if you are thinking about homeschooling your children, I’d like to encourage you. If you are wondering if you can homeschool your kids, you aren’t alone. You might be thinking, “I know Jane homeschools her kids, but she was a teacher, I just don’t know if I can homeschool my kids???” You are certainly not the first or last parent to have a thought like this.
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Who Can Homeschool Their Kids?
Let’s get straight to the point, then we’ll get to the bigger picture. If you live in the United States, it’s likely that you can homeschool your children. To homeschool legally, you’ll probably need a high school diploma or G.E.D. to homeschool your kids.
Learn more about your state’s homeschool requirements here.
You might also find this article about How To Homeschool Your Kids helpful.
You Can Homeschool Your Kids! Let’s Talk About Your Confidence
Now, let’s set the legalities of homeschooling aside for a moment and talk about your real concerns. The actual problem you might be having revolves around your confidence in your ability to homeschool your kids. Whether you have a high school diploma or a PhD, the thought of being completely responsible for your child’s education can cause any parent a bit of angst.
Before we go any further, I’d like to mention that, in my opinion, regardless of how your children are educated, you hold the responsibility for your child’s education.
So whether your kids are in public school, private schooled, or home schooled, it is your parental responsibility to manage your child’s education.
Now, I’d like to tell you why I think it’s likely that you can homeschool your kids.
I think you might be able to homeschool your kids because you are here. You are being resourceful.
Let me explain.
You are exhibiting one important characteristic of homeschooling parents: resourcefulness. As a homeschooling parent, you will need to be resourceful over and over again. Resourcefulness is one trait that you will need to exhibit to homeschool for years on end.
Important Characteristics Of Homeschooling Parents
There are more traits that are important for you to exhibit as a homeschooling parent. In addition to being resourceful, you’ll also want to be resourceful and open-minded. We can certainly add more attributes to this list, but we’ll talk about those another day.
While I don’t want to over-simplify what it takes to homeschool your kids, I also don’t want to underestimate how important these characteristics are for homeschooling parents.
If you are reading about homeschooling and looking for more information, you are clearly thoughtful about your child’s education.
Obviously, you are being resourceful. As simple as it may be to do a Google search, it is one of the first steps toward homeschooling your child.
Gathering the information you need to make an informed decision is a process that you will go through over and over again throughout your years as a homeschooling parent.
I also believe is important for homeschooling parents to exhibit a degree of open-mindedness. As a homeschooling parent, you need to be open-minded as you explore new and different ways to educate your child.
Education comes in many shapes and sizes and does not always need to model the approach that is used in the school system. You can learn more about a variety of homeschooling styles here.
As homeschool families, our environment and circumstances are different than what you find in a school setting. Therefore, we have the ability to approach education differently. I genuinely believe that to homeschool for the long haul, you will need to adapt to the unique environment and opportunities that we have when we homeschool our children.
You might like this series about education, school, learning, and homeschooling. This four-part article & podcast series will you explore your own belief system about education.
Homeschooling or Public School?
While it isn’t for everybody, homeschooling can be a better option than public school. If you are thoughtful, resourceful, and open-minded when it comes to your children’s education, then homeschooling might be for your family.
While parents often make a choice to homeschool their children for educational reasons, homeschooling will impact your family’s entire life. Homeschooling isn’t just about your child’s education; homeschooling is a way of life. When you open your mind to the possibilities that homeschooling offers, you’ll soon discover that homeschooling is about education and so much more.
If you are thinking about homeschooling, I’d like to encourage you to read my book, THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way! You will learn more about the pros and cons of homeschooling. You’ll also begin to understand the tremendous impact that homeschooling can have on your family.
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