Should You Home School?
If You Choose Not to Home School
As you can tell, we encourage you to home school, however, if you feel you can't home school, that it's not best for your family in your present situation (and I know there are a variety of reasons for this possibility), here are a couple things you can do instead.
Spend Lots of Time With Your Children
Make sure you spend lots of time with your children.
Find activities that involve you and your children (e.g. not watching TV). Play games, go to the zoo and the science center. Take them hiking (as long as they enjoy it), and camping, and fishing (fishing is another great activity for quality discussion time, as long as everyone enjoys it). Play soccer and badminton with them. Just find ways to spend quality time with them.
They need adult contact, and while they may question you, and it may be annoying, they are questioning "you" and not someone else, because deep down inside they respect you, they want to know what you think, and they want you to love and respect them. They also want to know the truth about life and relationships and so many things, most of which are not taught in schools.
I know we adults don't have all the answers, but what you already know, is a lot more than they know, and it can help them a lot. And even when you don't know the answers, it can be re-assuring to them just to know we don't have all the answers, and we can then help them find the answers to their questions, with our resources which are greater than theirs.
So, if you are not going to home school, please find ways to spend time with your children. In the long term, you will not regret it, and you and they will come to treasure those times.
Read This Book
You can benefit from home schooling methods.
Home schooolers are trying a wide variety of different teaching methods, curriculums, activities, etc. All these experiments are helping to advance our ability as a society, to educate children (not just at home). Just because you send your children to school doesn't mean you can't benefit from all these experiments being done.
This book has lots of information to help you benefit from what home schoolers are learning: "What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschoooling, How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge," by Linda Dobson. If you are not going to home school, read this book for some great ways to help your children.
What ever you do, I hope your children do really well. And if you work at it, I'm sure you will make a great difference in their lives.
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