Should I Homeschool My Son or Daughter? 5 Key Factors

Should I Homeschool My Son or Daughter: A father and mother sitting on a couch watching their daughter show her workbook to them.

Do you ever catch yourself wondering, “Should I homeschool my son or daughter?” You’re not alone!

Parents often opt for homeschooling for many reasons, such as their child’s learning needs, religious beliefs, or simply wanting to spend more quality family time together.

Homeschooling has sustained a drastic increase in this post-Covid era, becoming a more “mainstream” educational option. I’ll be the first to admit that as a former public school counselor, I never thought I’d become a homeschooling mom in a million years!

From contemplating your child’s needs to understanding the legal requirements, I know how overwhelming the decision can feel. As a potential future homeschooler, you’ve already taken an excellent first step in doing your research and seeking support!

So let’s dive into some valuable insights to help you make the right decision for your family.

Thinking if you should homeschool your son or daughter? Take a look at the 5 key factors you should consider before taking the plunge! From weighing the benefits of personalized learning to addressing potential challenges, get expert insights to help you make an informed decision. By Such a Little While

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Thinking of homeschooling? Read this first.

When starting a new venture, it’s normal to feel both excitement and apprehension.

As a former public school counselor turned homeschooling mom of two, I tried to make the inevitable pro/con list of public school vs. homeschooling and agonized over making the “wrong” choice.

Here is the truth: There is no one-size-fits-all decision for all families, nor is there a crystal ball to see into your child’s educational future. At the same time, if you have a gut feeling homeschooling would benefit your family, it isn’t something to ignore.

Together, let’s walk through some key questions to ask yourself before jumping into homeschooling. These questions will not only help spark insight into whether homeschooling may be an appropriate choice for you but also help ensure you’ve considered all major factors that impact your decision.

5 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to Homeschooling

Before you say yes to homeschooling, here are five key questions to consider:

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#1: Do I WANT to homeschool?

This question may seem obvious, but it often slips through the cracks, especially when we want to do what we believe is best for our child!

Typically, many other factors drive a family’s decision to homeschool, such as a child’s prior experience in public school, learning needs, or faith/religion.

This being said, if you are the one planning to carry out the role of “teacher,” a desire to teach your child will be essential to your homeschooling success.

#2: Am I willing to learn and ready to take on a new role?

Before diving into homeschooling, consider whether you are prepared to step into a new role as an educator. You will not know all you need to know at the start of your homeschool journey, and that’s perfectly okay!


Your willingness to grow and learn alongside your child is far more important.


Consider your other roles, such as work obligations or other family commitments. Take a moment to consider how your current responsibilities will mesh with the role of homeschooling.

There will be a learning curve at first, as there is with all new ventures.

Once you get going, your teaching style and your child’s learning style will become rapidly apparent. This knowledge will help you choose a curriculum and/or daily rhythm that works for your family.

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#3: Am I prepared to adapt to persevere through challenges?

Not if, but when you face homeschooling challenges, are you prepared to adapt and persevere?

Flexibility is key to navigating through homeschooling successfully. Ask yourself, “Am I prepared to adapt and face the tough times head-on?”.

Many new homeschoolers begin trying to “recreate public school” at home, which often results in challenges such as learning resistance, power struggles, and homeschool burnout.

Should I Homeschool My Son or Daughter: A father and his son writing and drawing while lying on the floor.

The great news is that those who stick with homeschooling for the long haul tend to adjust and adapt, finding their own homeschooling approach.

From unschoolers to open-and-go boxed curricula families to homeschoolers who laminate their weekly activities, there is an ideal homeschooling style for everyone if you are willing to find it!

I started out feeling very worried I would somehow ruin my child’s education- yikes! I wanted a curriculum that told me exactly what to do and say every step of the way.

Let’s just say that did not always jive with my creative, strong-willed learner (who often has fabulous ideas for learning projects!).

Three years in, I am becoming a “piece your own curriculum together” type of homeschool mom because it brings the most learning and joy into our home.

#4: How will my child be best served through homeschooling?

Generally, this is the easiest question to ask if you are already considering homeschooling. How will your child’s learning journey be enhanced through learning at home?

Whether they have faced bullying in public school, are a neurodivergent learner needing a more customized school experience, or simply want more time to explore their hobbies and interests, spend time reveling in the plethora of positives homeschooling can bring!

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#5: What are my state’s homeschool requirements and how will I fulfill them?

Lastly, before saying yes, familiarize yourself with your state’s requirements and how to meet them. It’s not the most fun… I know.

Rest assured that homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. However, different laws govern the homeschool process and requirements in each state.

To get started, you can visit the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s website at https://hslda.org/legal to identify the laws in your state.

If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone! I felt very lost in the beginning. Seeking support at the start of my homeschooling journey was one of my best decisions.

I attended a state-wide homeschooling conference and sought out informational sessions for prospective and new homeschoolers. The conference leaders held my hand through all the laws and put my mind at ease that homeschooling would be doable for my family!

Should I Homeschool My Son or Daughter: A mother watching her young daughter write on a piece of paper.

The last thing you need to know when deciding on whether to homeschool

Remember, you were your child’s first teacher! From guiding them on how to eat solid foods to learning their colors, you have instilled essential skills and knowledge!

Your role as their parent has shaped their learning and growth in countless ways and will continue to do so whether or not you homeschool.

Know this: If homeschooling has been on your mind and heart, it’s likely for good reason.  Take comfort in knowing that the decision is never a permanent one. You can adjust your child’s educational placement in the future to best suit their needs at that developmental stage.

If you choose to embark on this journey, I’m cheering you on every step of the way!

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Hi, I’m Tana! I’m a mom, certified positive parent educator, and former school counselor. It’s my mission to help you foster social/emotional wellness through positive parenting.
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