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When is It Time to Stop?

Does the idea of another week of homeschooling make you feel like this?
Does the idea of another week of homeschooling make you feel like this?
Emily L. Goodman

Homeschooling is a wonderful thing for a lot of families. Having your kids at home with you means that you have the freedom to do a lot of things that you might not be able to do otherwise. You can arrange your schedule to suit yourself, and take vacations and participate in other activities according to what works for you, rather than what works for the school system. You can teach your kids things that they might miss out on in school, and you can make sure that they really “get” a concept, spending as much time as they need on a subject instead of rushing along to the next one before they’re ready or staying on a lesson for weeks when they already understand it perfectly.

On the other hand, there comes a time in the life of every homeschooling parent when it’s time to let the kids go back to school. Sooner or later, they have to return to normal society—and the question is, when is it that time?

Is your child struggling to learn at home? Have you failed to properly teach a number of concepts in a row? Do you feel that your child is failing to grasp important lessons? It’s time to consider a new approach—and that new approach might be a return to a traditional classroom.

Are you frustrated with your child more often than you are able to enjoy them? Starting to wonder why this homeschooling thing sounded like a good idea? Spending more time arguing than you are teaching anything? It might be time to take another look at why you made this decision in the first place—and how much your child is really benefitting from it.

There are many, many reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children, and many of them are not as much “choice” as necessity. However, when you reach the point where it’s more frustration than gift…it might be time to think about it again.