Should I homeschool?

"Should I homeschool? One homeschooler said that she had been helped by the QUESTIONS asked in the book "The Homeschooling Handbook" by Mary Griffith. 

Veteran homeschooler Camille North responded:

The Homeschooling Handbook is a great tool, but I wouldn't want anyone to get bogged down if they didn't think they could answer the questions intelligently or "correctly." Like anything else, our knowledge about homeschooling evolves as we learn more and go through different scenarios with our kids. 

Homeschoolers should use the questions as starting points, and if they don't have the answers, they should try to be as comfortable as possible with a trial-and-error approach. And let's face it, there's no one definitive answer for anyone, as things change over time, so the answers to any of these questions will change over time.

I'd also like to take issue with the question about enjoying spending time with your kids. When I first read the Handbook, that question set off alarm bells for me. I remember one friend saying that she homeschooled precisely because she did NOT like her child. The public school had damaged her child enough that it was turning her into someone that wasn't really her. (Please don't take this as a bash against public school--it just wasn't working for this one child.) The mom brought her child home because she wanted to reclaim the child that she knew was buried in there, and it worked for them. I've known of lots of people who've had the same experience--they found their "lost" child and were able to really enjoy them again. Sometime the liking part comes *from* the homeschooling part.

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