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The number of homeschooling family in Indonesia increases a lot lately. When I was in grade 6, 25 years ago, we never heard that term at all. When I started homeschooling just 4 years ago, we rarely heard any of homeschooling family in Indonesia, but we could browse some of this cases in the internet. Now, although there are some annoying questions about it, we still can meet some homeschooling families more easily. However, many people question about which parents are ready to homeschool and if they are going to be qualified homeschooling parents.
Homeschooling has been one option indeed. With various reasons, people start to think further toward their children's education. However, it usually takes a lot of time of consideration whether you are going to homeschool your children or not. You might be thinking who you are and whether you are qualified to homeschool your children with your recent condition.
The Possible Homeschooling Parents
I have been thinking a lot that HOMESCHOOLING is SUITABLE and POSSIBLE for EVERYONE, but many people don't believe that. Let's see some kinds of unordinary parents that can homeschool their children:
Becoming a single parent is something very hard to do. Don't ask about homeschooling since fulfilling daily need has been something nightmare. Most homeschooling parents would like to send their children to school once they become single parents with a reason to work outside as they are the only breadwinner in the family. In this case, career will be the priority to get every single penny.
I was very surprised that many homeschooling parents are single parents. Single Mom Homeschooling written by a single homeschooling mother gives some encouragements to single homeschooling about
- Dealing with naysayers
- Facing the legal dilemma
- Finding possible income sources
- Cost cutting and money solutions
- Designing and planning your homeschool curriculum, space, and time
- Managing the work schedule and daily life
Two Incomes Family
The harsh economical competition and demands have made most families have to have two incomes. Both my husband and I work. My husband works outside or employed and I work at home. There are also some homeschooling families that have two incomes. The Working Parent's Guide to Homeschooling answers questions such as, “How can I work and homeschool?” by showing the reader how to find what works for them. Working parents will explore issues such as:
- Time management
- Child care arrangements while working
- How to teach
Real life working parents’ solutions to each of these issues are presented in chapters on:
- Who watches the kids?
Well, I am one of the impatient homeschooling parents. There are a lot of impatient homeschooling moms that have been trained by homeschooling their children. I have to thank my children for training me every day. Tabitha Philen in Even-Tempered Mother: Tips from a Mom Overcoming Rage and Depression gives some tips on how to deal with the impatience. She was very sensitive and temperamental due to some depressions and she was also a homeschooling mom, one of which is autistic.
This is a very common issue and there have been a lot of proof of uncertificated homeschooling parents that produce great scored homeschooled children. You don't have to do everything by yourself and I believe that children have their own capacity of learning.
This is the most probable parents to homeschool, I think. This area includes missionary and military. The possibility to bring along your children while you are traveling will make both parents and children can work together well. There is a huge flexibility in homeschooling that makes the traveling doesn't make you guilty for your children.
The Impossible Homeschooling Parents
However, after thinking hard, I just get some kinds of parents that find homeschooling as a hard challenge. I can say that they might not be able to finish homeschooling because of these factors:
Homeschooling for Short Trial
I would like to give advice to any parents who want to homeschool their children for a short time as a trial, “Please, it would be very hard to decide in the short time trial! Don't make your children as a gambling.” Homeschooling is a process. It is difficult to say how people can be considered as a successful homeschooler in just a year. Have a more serious thought before you decide homeschooling your children. Even if you are not confident to homeschool them.
Huge Disagreement between Parents
Single homeschooling parents will have more freedom in doing homeschooling rather than husband and wife who don't have full agreement for homeschooling their children, I can say. The disagreement will make unpleasant situation in your family and your marriage. Please pray a lot before you start until both parents agree to go ahead homeschooling.
Parents Who Don't Want to be Busy
Homeschooling is a very busy life in any parts of the world, I will tell you. Whether you give the responsible of teaching to tutors or you teach your children by yourself, homeschooling will make you think harder than putting your children in the public school. First of all, the decision makers are parents mostly. If you go to school, all administration and things should have been arranged by the school. Next, homeschooling will just demand you to give more time to stay close with your children since you need to think more about their needs physically and mentally. In addition, you still have to think about the standardized exam procedures, etc. SO, if you want everything is fixed academically, it is better not to choose homeschooling.
Perfectionist School at Home
If you think that you want your homeschooling feels like a school at home and you stick to the idea, I am really sure you would be disappointed, stressful, and finally burnt out. I feel very sorry for this. Rather than preparing for your own burial, it is better to prevent it or you should broaden your mind.
Priority on Other Work More Than Anything
When you feel that your work is far more important than your children's education, I suggest you not to try homeschooling at all. You will have a very bad mood any time you face your children. Both of you and your children will get disappointed and it can give both of you emotional wounds. Think more to make homeschooling something possible for you.
Are you Ready to be Qualified Homeschooling Parents?
Whatever impossible condition for you to homeschool your children, with a great perseverance in loving your children, you will always make the impossible ones become possible. Of course you will need pray to God and a hard will to make it happen. There are many stories in the human life history that people who look impossible to be successful at school end in a great success. Many impossible homeschool parents change into qualified homeschooling parents. Therefore, don't be upset when you feel not qualified. You can make it happen if you try and work on it.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.