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Disadvantages of Homeschooling – I Am Missing Out!

One of the big perceived disadvantages of homeschooling is that a mother has to give up too much to homeschool.  At times I do have twinges when I wonder if that is true.

The other day I got a little jealous when one of my friends told me what she had been up to while her kids were at school. I felt indignant. I was missing out on doing that. It’s not the first time these feelings have surfaced. I’ve missed out on quite a few things whilst homeschooling. However when I truly examine my situation I realise I am doing what I want to be doing.

Disadvantages of Homeschooling  – Giving Up My Career

About 7 years ago I returned to part time work for a short stint in order to keep my nursing registration up to date. As part of the refresher course I worked full time for a month. So I had to organise for my kids to be homeschooled by a collection of family and friends. As I walked the corridors of the hospital for my third week full time, I found myself wondering what my children were doing. I realised then and there that in pursuing a career I was missing out. As much as I enjoyed working as a registered nurse, I knew where I wanted to be most of all and that was at home with my children—learning and maturing with them. I was missing out on being with my children. Work and play was always going to be there but my time with my kids would not.

Disadvantages of Homeschooling – A Choice

These days the missing out feeling still comes, but it is only fleeting. Homeschooling has enabled me to do so many things I could never have done had I not chosen this lifestyle.

  • I can give my children a private education and save on school fees.
  • I can sit on the couch reading books with my kids for ages.
  • I can run our homeschool schedule to suit my husband and children.
  • I can pursue family interests. I can develop friendships with other homeschool mums.
  • I can have my own home business.
  • I can go on holidays out of school holidays.
  • I can go on and on…

As I look back on twelve years of homeschooling I realise I haven’t missed much at all.

I am so blessed and privileged to be at home with my children.

I am thankful to have the time to share our family values with them.

I enjoy learning with my children. We are all growing and living together. I am hopeful for their future.

I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity.

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Other Disadvantages of Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a commitment and a sacrifice and you do face many challenges that are special to homeschooling.

These include:

First Published March 2013.

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  1. Rosemary  March 30, 2013

    Great post Michelle! I also know that this season will soon be over and so I cherish it though I do have tough days like everyone else 🙂
    Btw I think I’m coming to the conference, it would be so good to meet you in person if we make it up there and so many others that I know online only that are also planning on going! 🙂

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  2. Tara  March 23, 2013

    Thanks for the encouraging post. I sometimes get caught up in the ‘I’m missing out’ thinking especially when friends organise to meet at the gym, go for a walk or out for coffee while their kids are at school. But you are right, when you really stop and think about it…who is the one really missing out?

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  3. Renelle  March 22, 2013

    I don’t feel like I’m missing out at all but right where I want to be. I feel like it is but a fleeting part of life that will be over all too quickly, so I am determined to give it my all and enjoy it with the family. It is good to be reminded though on the days when I feel like I’ve done everything wrong. Thank you.
    The Wonderland of Nature looks beautiful.
    Can’t wait until the Mum Heart Conference.

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