Is your homeschooling experience turning out to be more stressful than you anticipated? Is there a little more friction and a little less joy than what you thought you signed up for? Maybe you’re even wondering if it’s time to send your children to school. Maybe this homeschooling thing just isn’t for you.
If that’s you, there is one thing Beth Cranford knows. You are not alone. Though not all admit it, many have asked the same question. In fact, it is because one brave reader was willing to ask that she wrote this book, Is Homeschooling Really For Us? The reader was discouraged with how things were going in her home. Her children weren’t doing their work and even her husband was beginning to be irritable because of the stress that homeschooling had placed on their family. This mom was desperate for peace in her family and understandably wondered if sending her kids to school would be the answer they all needed.
Hear more of what Beth has to say: There is no way I could answer her question because it is not mine to answer. I didn’t want to offer superficial advice like “You can do it” or “Just make it work, you don’t want to send your kids to school.” I definitely didn’t want to give her condemning answers like “You just don’t have your children’s hearts.” I wanted to respond in kindness, with an open mind and with helpful thoughts — not just a quick, one-size-fits-all answer to her question.
When we ask ourselves if our children are better off in school, its because we love them, and we want what’s best for them. When we get to this point, it’s time to take a good hard look at what is going on in our homeschool and brainstorm possible solutions. I believe that most homeschoolers don’t necessarily want to quit, we just don’t have the tools to discern what the real issues are and how to overcome the obstacles.
That’s what this book is about. Written by someone who has asked this question more than once, it’s an empathetic and honest look at the struggles that can accompany homeschooling. You will not find arguments for or against homeschooling. There are many blessings that come with homeschooling and many books that extol them. This is a book written for those who already believe in those benefits but are having difficulty experiencing them.
You’ll find thought-provoking questions to lead you through three meetings; one with yourself, one with your spouse, and one with your children. (Just as a side; please note that you will not be meeting with your extended family or your neighbors!) My hope is that you will find answers to questions you didn’t know to ask, and in so doing, be equipped to create a homeschooling environment that works for your family.
If you still decide that homeschooling isn’t for your family, that is truly your decision and the homeschooling community would do well to respect that. But please, if you’re struggling, don’t quit until you’ve read this book.