A huge pet peeve of mine is when homeschooling parents encounter parents who say they can’t homescool or couldn’t imagine spending all day. While, these types of comments are common, what I find some homeschooling parents berate working parents.
While I believe homeschooling could be (and should be) an option for every family, it’s doable IF the parent believes they are up for it. However, to make snide remarks about working parents using brick and mortar schools or daycares to “justify” working so they won’t feel guilty for working because they “choose” to.
I cannot stress enough, working parents are the only ones with the ability to assess their family’s needs. Do I think public schools are acceptable? Not in this day and age. However, that is my opinion. I also don’t care for public charter schools that offer stipends. To me, it’s the same public education, with a bit more freedom, but parents are essentially bribed by the stipends to follow the rules by the district. Yet, it works for many families; just not mine.
I work choose to homeschool, while working full-time, because I believe that’s what’s best for MY family. We complete new lessons at night, ‘homework’ is completed during the day. We utilize weekends for completing assignments; if need be. We also have our field trips on the weekend or I may take off a day here and there to attend special field events not offered on the weekends.
Here’s an idea: whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working one, you do what is best for your family. You decide if you can live on one or two incomes. Your values are not necessarily the same as someone else’s. Every famly is unique. Please be careful painting everyone with the same brush; esp. when they differ with your beliefs. Homeschooling is challenging enough. Last I knew, none of us were God, so save your judgement and perhaps offer support instead of criticism.