Disadvantages of Homeschooling

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We know that homeschool isn't a bed of roses! But what negative aspects of homeschooling will you face? And what are the solutions?

I wanted to outline ten things that are commonly stated as disadvantages of homeschooling. Starting with the most common ones of cost and socialization! 

But of course, homeschoolers face these disadvantages head on - so I have also included my top tips for overcoming them!


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Overcoming Disadvantages

Overcoming the negative aspects you face when you homeschool can seem daunting. But let's take each problem in turn, and look for solutions.

  1. Cost
    Parents immediately face financial disadvantages when they decide to homeschool because one parent must stay at home. But the costs of teaching your children at home can by minimized. Take advantage of free homeschooling curriculum and other free homeschooling resources.

  2. Socialization
    This is always a big worry to parents. But there has been research into socialization and homeschooled children are generally well-adapted. There are ways to overcome the social disadvantages of homeschooling.

  3. Criticism from others
    Another disadvantage is facing criticism and negative comments from others when you tell them of your decision. It is important to carefully research the pros and cons of homeschooling so that you can feel confident about your decision - and rebuff arguments against it.

  4. Worry
    What parent doesn't worry about their child's education. And homeschoolers have it bad! I find that reading the stories of other homeschooling moms really helps me to feel more comfortable about what I am doing.

  5. Knowing where to Start
    It is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. But there is lots of advice and information available for those about to start homeschooling.

  6. Finding a method that suits your family
    At first it feels like you will never find a way to homeschool that everyone enjoys! There are homeschool curriculum advantages and disadvantages to consider - let alone finding a style that will suit you.

  7. Finding the Best Resources
    We all want to use the best resources, but there is so much available, how do you pick the best? Take a deep breath and check out these homeschool resources first.

  8. Finding the time
    Taking the time to teach your children, on top of all the other things you need to do, can be hard work. But you can be flexible with your homeschool scheduling.

  9. Isolation
    One of the major disadvantages of homeschooling in the beginning is a sense of isolation. There are other homeschoolers out there - you just have to find them!

  10. Burnout
    Trying to do too much in your homeschool will set you up for a major case of homeschool burnout. Take some time to learn how to keep homeschool and life in balance.

Taking the time to understand and tackle the disadvantages of homeschooling, will help smooth your path - and make way for some of the wonderful benefits to homeschooling.


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