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Thursday, February 9, 2023

We Are Responsible

Some parents hesitate to pursue homeschooling because of the fear of taking on all the responsibility of their child's education. The problem with that thinking is as parents we never really do handoff responsibility for our children’s education, we just hand off control.

Parents are ultimately always responsible for our children's education no matter what educational choice they make. 

This fact is why I tell parents that a student can do well in public school, private school, or homeschool as long as the parent is advocating and involved. There will always be educational gaps and bad experiences with curriculum or teachers, but an involved parent helps the child navigate the situation and learn skills from the hardship.

I have seen public AND homeschool moms do this well. You don't necessarily have to homeschool to gain the control back over your children's education, but you do need to get involved. Ask questions. Establish line of communication with their teacher. Keep in the process.  

I also see public AND homeschool moms do this poorly. Homeschool moms, you can't outsource the end result to a screen or software. You can use these as the wonderful tools they are, but you still have to be checked in to where your child is and what they are struggling with. We help find tutors and resources instead of blaming the curriculum or excusing bad habits.

If you want to homeschool but don't want the responsibility, too late. Having children makes you responsible.  

This is a great responsibility that I do not take lightly.

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