Whether you are just considering homeschooling or have been homeschooling for several years, wondering whether you will mess up your child has likely crossed your mind at some point. It’s a reasonable concern. Assuming the responsibility for your child’s education is undoubtedly overwhelming, with worries that your mistakes might damage your child’s development. But despite the stress that comes with taking on this responsibility, there are upsides to it as well. Leah Bromen, a homeschool mom, offers some encouragement for those with these and similar worries.
- You don’t have to do this alone.
- Homeschooling allows for a personalized education.
You don’t have to do this alone
In fact, you shouldn’t. Going at it alone, you are bound to make mistakes. If you are married, talk with your spouse to ensure that you are both on the same page in homeschooling your children. If you are not married, seek support from another homeschooling parent, a close friend, or a leader in your church. As Leah says, homeschooling is a “journey for the long haul,” so you will need people alongside you for accountability and guidance throughout the process.
Homeschooling allows for a personalized education
Leah’s second bit of encouragement is that no matter how daunting homeschooling may seem, it nevertheless allows your child a personalized education that they will find nowhere else. This means that you are able to pursue not only things that you and your spouse wish your child to learn, but to follow your child’s own interests as well. This is a rare opportunity indeed, as it helps homeschooled children become the people God has intended them to be as they are able to pursue the talents and interests that He has given them.
How can I ensure I won’t mess up my child?
Easy—just give homeschooling a go! But before you begin, find someone from whom you can seek guidance and accountability. Then, as you start your homeschool journey, notice what interests you or your child wish to pursue further and create opportunities in your customized curriculum to encourage these pursuits.
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