Homeschooling and the Social Effects

You’ve probably had friends who were just a little offbeat. Then you probably found out that they don’t attend a tangible school at all. They are, in fact, home schooled. Children, although able to go at a rate of their own (with the push of their parents), may not receive half as much of experience socially than their peers who attend a school. Now, this is not to say that all children who are home schooled will be socially awkward, but it is a very likely possibility, if they are not receiving adequate amounts of time to explore and just be a kid with other kids.┬áSimply observing children who are home schooled and children who are not will, majority of the time, show a vivid difference between their behaviors, lifestyles, and learning.

In theory, home schooling may not be a bad option for your child if you have the time and commitment. I have friends who argue their best teacher in and out of school was their mothers and fathers. However, those pupils also had the aide of a social environment they were at four or five times a week: church.

Working at your own pace may be a pro to home schooling. (photo by woodleywonderworks)

Working at your own pace may be a pro to home schooling. (photo by woodleywonderworks)

However, in a lot of cases, home schooling is used as a cover up to isolate and dissuade their children from socially growing. According to the essay by Gale Cengage, Home Schooling May Hide Parental Instability or Abuse, because of the home-learning environment, it is hard to tell when a parent is unstable or abusive. Chances are, unless a child has a similar story to that of the case study of Genie, children will have opportunity to say if they have been abused through other adults too: family doctors, church leaders, etc…

In homeschoolnewsweek, an article by Diane Flynn Keith depicts that she realizes that she can’t keep saying that her home schooled children are anywhere close to normal – they are odd merely because they did not have the same experiences that most children do. She states that they are not misfits though, they are, in fact, embracing their oddities as any home schooled child should.

To help your kid socialize better, plan more social activities into your routine with your child. Co-op groups, groups where parents and home schooled students can mingle and learn, may be a method you want to look into. Getting your child into a group sport or club may be an ideal solution: not only are they mingling with peers, but exercise and creative stimulation is a necessary good for growing children. Another idea with credibility is to open up your home to the friends they make, as well as your friends. Chances are, you have friends with children, and chances are, you can invite them over too!

As I was taught a few years ago, “If you want to make friends, be friendly.” Give your kids the opportunity to grow without you by their side. Remember, they will not have you in their early twenties to baby them as they pay their bills. There has to be balance.

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