Homeschooling your child/children can be a daunting task and it is a huge responsibility. You want to give them the best possible education and prepare them for life. If you are considering this journey, you will no doubt ask yourself whether you have what it takes to be a successful homeschooling Mom?
Since 1996, Clonard has partnered with thousands of moms and educators on this journey and have a pretty good idea of what it takes to be a successfully homeschooling mom.
Here are our top 12 criteria:
- You don’t need to be a professional teacher or have a fancy degree. You are not required to know all the answers but you must have a willingness to learn. Parents teaching their children also learn new things along the way.
- A good old-fashioned work ethic! What you put in is what you get out. Homeschooling is no different from any other venture that will require effort to succeed.
- Homeschooling parents must be disciplined. Self-discipline is required to put in the effort and preparation required for the daily instruction and to also ensure that your children exercise self-discipline too. Your children won’t have the same pressure as in school to participate and work hard.
- Homeschooling is a major time commitment. You must be able to set aside the required time each day and not allow yourself to get distracted.
- Flexibility and patience are key to adapt to a child’s unique learning style and ability.
- Dedication – you must be unwavering in your commitment to successfully educate your children. This will be a main focus of your life.
- An adventurous spirit. You need to make homeschooling an adventure and fun for all involved. The best learning will take place under these conditions.
- An enjoyment of being with your children. Homeschooling is a lifestyle and must be an enjoyable experience for all concerned
- Organizational skills and routine orientated. This will make the goals easier to attain and bring order to your ‘classroom’.
- Ask for help and harness available resources, materials and people to enrich your child’s education journey.
- Honesty and integrity. You want to succeed and you want your child to excel, but you cannot be tempted to take short cuts or bend the rules to get a better outcome on a test etc. You would only be fooling yourself and your child and this would not set a good example for your child in life.
- Passion and belief. With passion and belief in yourself and the importance of a good education for your child, all things are possible.
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P.S. this all applies to Dad’s too!