Homeschooling is a concept that has been around in the US since quite a while. It is now finding buyers in India, too.
What is Homeschooling?
Simply put, homeschooling means teaching your children at home. You can also enroll them in specific classes according to their interests. you can have more activities with kids!
Easy as it sounds, homeschooling is quite difficult. Here we discuss the pros and cons of homeschooling.
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Your children are always with you
It is a big, bad world out there. Sending your children to school is a major cause of worry for most parents. What with frequent rapes and kidnappings, no child is safe anymore. But homeschooling changes all that. You can keep an eye on your children 24/7/365. And you can be there to protect them at all times!
You are more connected with them
No longer are your meeting times with your child restricted to late afternoons and evenings. No more tired faces and fatigued bodies. Your child can learn at home and spend more time with you. As you are the ones teaching your children, you know their strong points and you know what they hate. You can alter your study pattern accordingly, unlike schools who teach everything to everyone, whether they like it or not.
You can sleep in
This is a major advantage of homeschooling! There’s no rush to catch the school bus at 7 a.m. in the morning. Especially for night owls like me, waking up early is a chore and a torture. You and the kids can sleep in and wake up at 6 a.m. or 9 a.m., your choice!
Kids show more maturity
Kids copy elders. And when their role models are their parents who are in control of their lives, children also start emulating them. Such kids have the ability to look forward, reason and act. They are less impulsive and more in control of their feelings and actions.
It’s hard work!
You have to teach your children. No small work. Kids act up with their parents note than they do with outsiders. Disciplining children takes out a major part of your energy. Then you actually have to teach them! Whether they are whiny or happy, you have to do the job. If you have multiple children, your house can turn into a warzone while you are teaching one kid and the others are free (teaching everyone together is not even a choice!)
You lose out on your metime
After household chores and teaching, you will hardly have any time for going out or socializing. You cannot afford to invite guests over too. You will be hard-pressed for time to even sit for a minute. In most cases, one parent decides to homeschool while the other earns. It might become very frustrating for the parent at home to manage everything day after day.
You always have to be on your best behaviour
As you will be your child’s role model, you always have to present your best behaviour. Forget cuss words, you cannot afford to get angry occasionally too without the children watching you. If you are anything like me (a procrastinator), you will have to be on your toes all the time lest your children pick up your habits! Every success and failure becomes personal. You can never relax.
Children get no exposure
Keeping children in a protected environment is great, but kids need interactions between other humans. This is a part of their development. Even things like fighting or cribbing are ways to develop their social skills. Staying at home with little to no exposure will hamper their social developmental skills majorly. Plus, the Indian education system doesn’t recognize homeschooling yet. So, at some point of time, you have to send your child to a school. At that time, the pressure might become too much for the child to handle.
Maybe because I’m old-school or maybe I’m lazy, but I’m not too wild about homeschooling. Yet, I know a few of my friends who have opted for homeschooling their children.
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