6 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child

Nutritional Needs

A homeschooling parent is the perfect person to make sure their kids are eating healthy. When you know your child has several hours in the day, every day, with no adult watching over them they can make poor choices about their nutritional needs. There are many ways parents can help ensure their kids get the most complete and balanced diet possible when they don't have to be accountable for their kids' meals.

 If your child is in public or private school you are taking on the responsibility of ensuring your child eats healthy when they are at home too. However, with homeschooling, parents can integrate it into the day so that their children are not just getting an education but they are getting the nutrition there growing body needs. 

Freedom from Bullying

When your child attends a brick and mortar school they are in a building with other children for eight hours a day, five days a week. This can lead to them being bullied by their classmates. According to stopbullying.gov, "almost one in four students report being bullied." This means that if you have more than one child in school, the odds are that at least one of them is being bullied. When you homeschool your child you take away the opportunity for bullies to target them.

Freedom from Peer Pressure

In the traditional school setting, children are constantly trying to fit in and be accepted by their peers. This can lead to them doing things they ordinarily wouldn't do just to fit in. When you homeschool your child you remove the need for them to please others and instead allow them to focus on who they are as an individual. This can help foster a sense of self-confidence in them that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, peer pressure sometimes leads children to act out against others when they would normally play nice. This behavior not only limits a child's own ability to make friends but it also limits the friendships of others around them. For example, when a child hits another child because their peers are watching this sends a strong message saying that hurting people is an acceptable thing that should be done when in front of other kids.

While we want our children to be kind and accepting of everyone, we also don't want them succumbing to peer pressure. Peer pressure is the influence that our peers have on us because of what they say, do, or believe. Peer pressure can lead to children doing things that they normally wouldn't (or shouldn't) do just to fit in with their friends.


Ability to Socialize With Other Children

While it is true that homeschooling removes children from the traditional school setting where they would socialize with their peers, it does not mean that they cannot socialize. There are many ways for kids to socialize and make friends. There are co-ops, church groups, and other activities that kids can participate in. In fact, by socializing with children who have similar interests, homeschooled children often have better and more meaningful relationships.

Flexibility

One of the best things about homeschooling is the flexibility it provides. Parents can adapt their teaching methods to fit their child's needs. If a child is struggling with a particular subject, the parent can spend more time on that subject until the child understands it. If a child is excelling in a subject, the parent can move on to more challenging material. This type of flexibility is not possible in traditional schools where teachers are forced to teach to a large group of students with varying needs. There are many great homeschool programs such as the Ron Paul Curriculum that can provide a great teaching and give you back precious time.

Ability To Learn At Their Own Pace

In traditional schools there is one instructor for every group of students. If a student has problems grasping a concept taught by the teacher, they will have to move on before truly understanding it because this is what their peers must also do. If they were allowed to go back and review at their own pace.

Summary:

This article discussed the advantages of homeschooling for children with facts and statistics about bullying, peer pressure, socialization, and flexibility. Homeschooling allows parents to spend more time on subjects their child finds challenging while moving ahead in other areas where they excel. It also takes away the threat of children being bullied by their classmates as well as limits the peer pressure that can affect kids' judgement. Kids are able to socialize with other children who share an interest in the subject(s) they are studying rather than trying to fit in with a larger group of kids which makes it easier for them to form friendships. Since homeschooled children have so much flexibility due to not being constrained. This freedom of time and curriculum allows homeschooled children to experience a range of different subjects and interests that they may never get the chance to do in traditional school. For example, if you want your child to learn about gardening, biology, botany, and ecology all at once but these subjects are not offered in the same class at the local public or private school, then homeschooling would be an ideal solution.

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