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The Top 5 Questions That I Get Asked As A Homeschooling Mom

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I’ve only been homeschooling for about 2 years now but I get asked a lot of questions about homeschooling, usually from people who are against it. I’m sure over time, I’ll be asked many, many more but so far, these are the top 5 that I always hear. 

1. Don’t you worry that your kids won’t be socialized?

Of course I worry about that but guess what, you should be worried too. In school, kids learn to socialize with their peers.  That means from junior kindergarten to high school graduation (14 years give or take) kids are only interacting with those their own age. Homeschool kids get interaction with people of all ages. From play groups, to homeschooling co-ops, to neighbourhood friends and extra curricular activities, they get lots of social interaction. I personally feel that it’s helping them prepare better for life after school. I’m mean how many jobs have you had where you only work with people your own age? I can’t think of any. Can you?

2. You’re not a teacher. How can you teach them without a degree?

You don’t need a degree to teach! We homeschool parents have this secret tool that we use. We’re not suppose to tell anyone, but I will. Shhhh…. Come close and I’ll whisper it. It’s called google! And it helps you find tons of different ideas for teaching and pre made curriculums that you can choose from.  And when I said tons, I literally mean tons!

In all seriousness though, studies actually show that homeschool kids have higher scores on standardized tests than their ‘regular’ schooled peers, regardless of how educated their parents are. Apparently, it makes no difference how ‘smart’ or how much formal education a homeschool parent has, what matters most is how committed they are to their child’s learning.

 

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3. Don’t you want your child to go to university? They’ll never be able to get in.

Actually, they will be able to go if they want to. Almost every college and university in Canada has admissions programs for homeschooled students. In fact in the U.S, Ivy League schools have recruiters that specifically seek out homeschooled students because they tend to be more creative, ‘outside of the box’ thinkers.

4. Aren’t you afraid your kids are going to be different or weird?

I guess a little bit. Isn’t everyone though? I don’t really think that going to a ‘regular’ school will prevent anyone from being different. I went to a public school and believe me, there were a lot of ‘different’ people there. But honestly, is there really anything wrong with being different? I don’t think so. I actually encourage it. When you’re young, everyone wants to be the same, but as you get older, being unique or different is what a lot of people strive for. It’s what sets us apart from the rest. I want my kids to embrace their individuality.

5. Don’t you think your kids will be overprotected?

Maybe.  Is that really so bad though? My job as a mom is to protect them from as much bad stuff as I possibly can. I’m sure, given the chance, many parents would’ve loved to have protected their kids a little bit more or a little bit longer. Kids are growing up way too fast now a days. When I was 10, I literally played with barbies. Kids now a days are drinking. It’s crazy!

Now of course, we’ll make sure that we talk about all the things that happen as you get older; drinking, drugs, sex, bullying and peer pressure, but is it really necessary that they have to live it to understand it? I’m sure that homeschooling won’t protect them completely but, hey, I can try right?

 

Check out this post for tips on how to afford homeschool curriculum on a limited budget.

 

 

Are you a homeschooling parent? What are some of the questions or statements that you’re always hearing?

 

 

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply Karen@LightlyFrayed

    So much truth here, Jessie. It is amazing to me how people are so quick to pre-judge decisions that do not affect them and that they know nothing about. I homeschooled my oldest 3 boys for quite a few years and I do recall the panicked expressions on people’s faces. When I told them I was a high school teacher, they looked ridiculously reassured- they shouldn’t have been – I had never taught anyone to read, hold a pencil etc etc. Stay true to what you know is right for your season! Hmmm…I’m crafting a post in my head about cheeky things to say when you tell people you’re homeschooling…I’ll let you know if it makes it to cyberspace! 😉

    June 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks so much! I love this comment. Let me know when you publish your post. I’d love to read it! I need a few comebacks 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Zineb

    I’ve been looking into homeschool for my future kids it doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all.

    Love always,

    Zineb

    June 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Like everything in life, there’s good and there’s bad but its been such an amazing and rewarding journey so far!

      June 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply April@LoveOurRealLife

    Nice article, Jessie! I think it’s our job as parents to do the best we can to provide them love, safety, education, and a solid foundation of morals/values. No matter what path we choose for raising our kiddos, there will be those that disagree in some way. Do your best and forget the rest!

    June 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks! I could’t agree more April 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Emma Dawn

    I have been going back and forth with the ideas of homeschool vs public school vs private school for my son. I at least have some time since he is only 9 months old lol

    June 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Yeah, you definitely have some time. It goes by so fast though. Homeschooling for us has been such an amazing journey! I’m sure you’ll make the right choice for you and you’re family. Good luck!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Kim@Team-Cartwright

    This is a helpful post. I know I have questions, but don’t want to be rude and come right out and ask them. It’s a real curiosity and desire to learn more about it, not a judgement when I do have questions. This really helped answer them!

    June 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Kim! Glad I could help 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Shauna Walker | shaunacoleman.com

    I would love to homeschool my son. My brother homeschools his children he even tried putting them in school but they did way better at home.

    June 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s great Shauna! Homeschooling has been great for my daughter as well. I told her that she always has the option to go to school but she loves it at home because I can tailor it to her interests.

      June 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Brittany @ Real Food Simple Life

    For me, I’m always asked how I will manage without any time away from the kids that I would get if they were at school.

    June 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Funny, I haven’t heard that one yet. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

      June 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Jillynn

    After reading the whole thing #1 is still my ultimate favorite!!! I get asked that all the time! Like I have no option to take the bad with sending them to school simply so they are “socialized” properly. I would rather them not be then be like some of the piers out there these days:-( Good thing we have a big family and a big church where they are around people all the time:-) Good article!

    June 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Jillynn! #1 is my favourite too. Forced association with other kids is not socalization!

      June 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Love this! We are planning on homeschooling and have already had people ask us these questions. I’m a former teacher so I think it’ll be hard to go the homeschool route because I’m used to much more structure.

    June 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Kristin! I’ve actually heard a few teachers say this. Funny thing is, many non homeschoolers seem to think you can only be good at homeschooling if you were a former teacher.

      June 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    very informative post. I actually know quite a few people who homeschool their kids.

    June 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sarah!

      June 19, 2017 at 2:49 am
  • Reply Marketa

    LOL Yup, been there done that. Drum roll for socialization. Never fails! One question that always cracks me up is: BUT WHAT ABOUT PROM?!?!?! I can’t believe how many times I’ve been asked this one! 😀

    June 18, 2017 at 3:25 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Lol! I haven’t heard that one yet. My kids are still pretty little. I’m sure that’ll come up though.

      June 19, 2017 at 2:57 am
  • Reply Eryn

    Being a homeschool kid I always get the “You were homeschooled? You seem so normal!” And I just roll my eyes. Yes, I’m normal, thanks for being super surprised. lol And we were ALWAYS going and doing when I was young. Socialization issues are not a problem!

    June 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Exactly! We’re always out and about too. My kids get tons of socialization. Lol about being normal! While I wasn’t homeschooled myself, people are always surprised to hear that I homeschool my kids, saying that I don’t seem the ‘type’, whatever that means.

      June 20, 2017 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Shigufa Saleheen

    Your blog really makes me consider the benefits of homeschooling! I’ve been so socialized to believe public school is the right way, especially since it’s all that anyone I know did for primary education! Great blog post!

    June 19, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks so much!

      June 20, 2017 at 1:23 am
  • Reply Ali Rost

    Such a great post. I have a number of friends who have chosen to homeschool their kids. Some for their entire school age years, other for only part. They’ve all gone on to college and are doing really well for themselves. It’s made me a believer that it can work, if that’s what the family decides is the best thing for them.

    June 20, 2017 at 6:12 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Ali!

      June 21, 2017 at 1:10 am
  • Reply Melanie May

    Interesting post. I don’t know anyone who homeschools their children as it is very unusual to do that here in Ireland. I am a former schoolteacher so I know the positives as well as the negatives about sending your child to a non-fee paying school.

    June 20, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    I get why people question home schooling but I think that you are doing a grand job so props to you. Good for you for speaking out x

    June 20, 2017 at 10:59 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks so much Ana!

      June 21, 2017 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Helen

    I’m not a home schooling parent, my daughter luckily loves school and I have to work so it’s never been an option for me to consider. To be honest a few of these comments were things I wondered about home schooling. It must be such a hard but rewarding mum-job to do.

    June 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Helen. I’m glad I could clear some things up for you.

      June 22, 2017 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Louise

    I’m SO glad you brought up the whole university thing. My niece met her current boyfriend at uni, and guess what? He was homeschooled! He’d never had any formal schooling, yet he’s one of the smartest kids I know. I want to homeschool my youngest as my oldest had an awful primary school experience, but my entire family are dead against it and think I’m stupid.

    June 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s too bad that you don’t have the support of your family. I’m sure you’ll make a decision that works for your everyone 🙂

      June 22, 2017 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Denice

    This is very interesting for me. I have always wanted to try homeschooling my daughter but I work full time and I’m not sure if schools here in the Philippines are as flexible in accepting homeschooled children in senior high or college. For me, to each her own since we all have different takes as parents.

    June 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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