Do you have any regrets about homeschooling?

@ragmama (536)
United States
March 6, 2007 9:08am CST
Whether you're the parent or the student, do you have any regrets about homeschooling your child/being homeschooled yourself? Anything you think you've missed out on? Anything that you wish had been done differently? My daughter is only three, so we're just starting with preschool, but it nags at me sometimes to think that she'll miss out on the things I did enjoy about school. I still feel that homeschooling is the right decision for our family, I guess I could just use a little reassurance that she isn't going to suffer for it later on...
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9 responses
• United States
7 Mar 07
I currently have no regrets~today, lol! Sometimes I think "oh, am I screwing my kid up", but something always brings me to my senses like seeing how a PS child behaves or calling up a good friend who homeschools her kids, etc. I do have my days when I wonder, but I have no regrets if that makes sense.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I think that this is how we are no matter what we are doing. It all depends on the day how things go. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
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@ragmama (536)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Sounds perfectly normal to me! Of course, if it wasn't homeschooling, I'm sure we'd wonder about another choice we make concerning our children. I think it goes with the territory of motherhood. :)
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• United States
9 Mar 07
That's EXACTLY what I was trying to say ragmama LOL Thank you!
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@lillake (1634)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Mine are still little, so no regrets yet. :) hopefully we won't have many.
@ragmama (536)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I'm in the exact same spot. I HOPE there won't be any...I just tend to look ahead. A little too far, sometimes.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
I think that as parents we all look too far ahead sometimes. I know that I'm guilty of it too. My dd is only 5 and I keep thinking of when she'll become a teen - now tell me that's not scarey LOL Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Absolutley no regrets. Have homeschooled three. One is 26 now and is on his own and doing fine. The other two are still at home. My daughter is 14 and has written a book. The boy is 11 an still am not sure how he will turn out. Good thing we still have time. We get out and about enough. We interact all the time on the net, church, stores, the mall, there are homeschooling groups. So we have not socialization problems. Colleges and the armed forces are looking now for homeschooled kids. We look forward to those opportunities. We use Christian Liberty Academy Satellite School for our teaching. The have workbooks, scannable tests, teacher editions, gradecards, and a graduation at the end of 12th grade. We also have on line tutorials for things being studied too. Good luck with this. It is well worth it and be sure to appease the local school system with your notification. Also check out the Home School Legal Defense Fund...they help you if you run into any legal problems that sometimes occur. Good luck.
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@ragmama (536)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you - I'm so glad homeschooling went so well for your family! It's already a big pet peeve of my own when people knock homeschooling because of the "socialization issues". As you described, that's simply not the case. Even in my tiny little town, we have a homeschool support group, and we've already joined. We're certainly not hermits. :) I joined the HLDF newsletter a while back too, so I'm keeping up-to-date on them. Thanks for the tip!
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I wish we had a good homeschool group in our area. I'm glad that my dd is involved with church and library activities though. I think that's the only regret that I have... Not enough socialization with other homeschool children my dd's age. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
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• United States
9 Mar 07
This is my first year homeschooling, and I have to say it was the best thing my parents could have ever done for me. I was always a straight A student in school, but I felt that the teachers never gave the right attention to the students. Their method of teaching was like it was wrong to ask questions and such. I just never felt comfortable there. My parents have been told time and time again by people who actually work at the schools that it was the best decision they could have made. Apparently, the schools where I live are going down the hole!
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• United States
9 Mar 07
I'm glad to hear that you're happy with being homeschooled. I don't like the fact that the public schools won't allow children to ask questions. I mean if you can't ask a question then your love of learning is being squashed and that is not a good thing to have done in life. After all you will be continuously learning throughout your entire learn and if you do not enjoy doing it then well... Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
10 May 07
I am currently home schooling my two children and my only regret is that I ever put them in public school to begin with. I should have done it from day one and I think that we would be doing better than they are now. Kids are our responsibilities and yet we send them off at such a young age to be with total strangers that will spend more time with them than we will and will have so much influence on them. That is sad and yet as a society, we accept that.
• United States
8 May 07
I do have regrets, actually- and that is that I didn't acknowledge soon enough that it wasn't working for my oldest and I. I have a fwe kids 'round here, LOL, and the younger ones are all homeschooling. My oldest started school for the 1st time this year after several years of angst between us. I tried changing curriculums, changing the learning environment, and style, etc etc. I didn't want to put her in school because I was firmly convinced *every* family, parent/child partnership can homeschool. I have since changed me mind. My dd has done great this year, and our relationship is getting better.
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• United States
19 Jul 07
My ONLY regret is that I didn't start doing it sooner. My oldest two kids went to public school up until half of 9th and 4th grades before we started homeschooling. This has been the most amazing experience for all of us and I just wish I had known about homeschooling sooner and not listened to close-minded people who were so negative about it.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I started homeschool my older two later (6th grade & 4th grade) my ONLY regret is that I didn't start sooner. My now ex didn't agree with homeschooling & I wish I had put up a bigger argument (or just left him sooner!). As it was clearly better for our son & could have saved him so much frustration in public school. My daughter did do better in public school, so after 2 years with her home schooling she went back to public school. As long as you are prepared to change things when you see what does & doesn't work for your child, you'll do fine and she won't "miss" anything she truly needs.
• United States
16 Mar 07
I homeschooled through high school. The perks were that I graduated 2 years early - got to go to some college for free as a home schooled student (you can go for two years)...I missed not being able to go to a prom or be involved in the high school plays... but other than that, no regrets.