By: Krystle Crossman
Choosing to home-school your children is a very big decision and not one that should be taken lightly. You should sit down with your family and weigh out the options that you have to see if it is something that would be beneficial or not. There are many people who are very strongly opposed to home-schooling and there are some that strongly support it. Here are some pros and cons to teaching your children at home:
Pro: There is no one watching over your shoulder and telling you what to do.
Con: There is no one watching you which, especially in States that are not strictly regulated, could mean the children are not getting everything they need to learn.
Pro: You get to spend a ton of time with your family and learn new things about them.
Con: You are stuck in the house with your family every single day. There is no quiet time, no alone time, and certainly no privacy!
Pro: Your children will not hear the foul language that comes from the mouths of the other kids.
Con: You better watch your mouth because people will know where they got that bad word from!
Pro: You get to determine the pace at which your child learns. They don’t have to be held back if they are a quick learner. If they work at a slower pace they don’t have to feel rushed or overwhelmed. You can push them to be the best that they can be or can give them extra time if they need it.
Con: You may end up feeling guilty if your child is not learning at the pace you think they should be or if they are struggling with a certain subject.
Pro: You are able to pass on your morals, principals, and values to your children instead of them picking up these things from others that are at the school.
Con: They pick up the bad things too, not just the good. They are always watching whether you think they are or not.
Pro: You can give your kids nutritious meals instead of having them eat cafeteria food.
Con: Remember ice cream that you hid in the back of the freezer and enjoyed after lunch while they were in school? Yeah, say goodbye to that.
Pro: Your child will not suffer from a lack of a social life. They can go on field trips and meet new kids, they can still play on a playground, and there are meet-up groups for those who are home-schooled. You can bring them to all kinds of interesting places.
Con: Your social life? That is a different story…
Pro: There is a pride in home-schooling your children. You are the ones who are helping them to learn everything that they need to know in life. You are giving them values and morals. When they accomplish things like being accepted into top notch schools, you can take pride in the fact that you had an enormous part in getting them there.
Con: There are a lot of stereotypes that go along with home-schooling because it is still a relatively new concept for many people. Fortunately more and more people are getting fed up with the schools and are beginning to teach kids at home so it is becoming more mainstream.