The pros and cons of home education on our lifestyle
I can’t believe it has almost been a year since we started home educating our children. I think we might be enjoying it a little too much. The novelty hasn’t worn off yet, and we are still settling into this lifestyle. Speaking of which, home educating our children has had an impact on our routine. They are mostly positive but it’s not all rosy. Right, let me spill the tea on our experience so far. Let’s start with the good stuff:
More family time– Let’s start with the obvious one, so we spend more time together and we enjoy it. I am not saying it is always easy and fun because sometimes it can be difficult. However, we feel like our children are growing too fast, so spending more time with them is great. Especially in their early years.
The kids are more confident– This has been one of the biggest advantage for me so far. I want to raise confident and bold children and I am still working at it. Home education has given them room to express and be themselves. As a mum and their educator, this is fascinating for me to observe. The transformation has been amazing, and they are better for it.
They are more relaxed– Everybody is more relaxed. The pressure from school on children and parents can be a lot sometimes. Unfortunately, depression and anxiety in children is rising. To the point that we can no longer ignore it. We must become more aware and take action. I am not saying home education is a solution, it is nice to know it can be an option even if it is for a short time.
The freedom to travel– Of course I have to mention the fact that travelling is more affordable, and we can travel whenever we want, without the need to write a letter, ask for permission or have the fear of getting fined. We have definitely taken advantage of this.
No more school runs and traffic– Being stuck in traffic sucked and I don’t particularly miss school runs either. We left their school on good terms, however, their school was miles away and it was not a walkable distance. I like being at peace knowing my kids are right next to me during treacherous weather such as extreme wind and heavy snow (we’ve had both recently). It’s all good to hear all the positive, I have to be honest and say that there is some negative impact too. For example:
It’s is harder to get some me time– However I have found some creative ways to do this. This might also get easier as they get older. Time will tell, and I will keep you updated.
Untidy house– The house is in constant use, it can be challenging to keep it tidy, especially high traffic areas. I get the kids involved with keeping the house clean and tidy and they gain some life skills in the process. I also have a blog on tips to keep a house tidy, I follow my own advice, therefore my house is not a tip and I can still have guest over at last minute. Mind you, my house is not spotless, it is tidy(ish). It has its moments guys, just keeping it real.
Prior to home educating our kids, we looked at the pros and cons and in theory, the pros outweigh the cons. In reality, some of the things that I thought might be negative, such as keeping them entertained is not such an issue when you create the right environment. Check out my post on how to keep the children entertained. I found some of my concerns and reservations I had about home education were resolved by the flexibility it has to offer. At the moment, taking full responsibility of our children’s education suits our aspiring laptop lifestyle and wanna be nomad. I have a lot of information of my home education experience in my free eBook. check it out. Don’t forget to leave your comment, like this post (click on the heart) and subscribe to my newsletter that way you get an email as soon as I upload a new blog. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I hope I have inspired you to get more involved in your child’s learning and education.