As more families are choosing to teach their children at home, many wonder what the big deal is. They can’t understand what would cause families to go against what is normal routine for the rest of society. Homeschooling has many advantages, one of which is a closer family unit.
Time spent together
The most obvious way that homeschooling helps form a closer family unit is by the amount of time the family spends together. When the day isn’t lost to six hours of public or private school, the family has more time to really get to know each other, enjoy shared interests and learn together. They can enjoy day trips and consider them field trips or learn about family traditions that have been passed down. These are things that families who send their children can do also, but they are limited to weekends or school vacations. Homeschooling families can adjust their schedule to fit life, instead of having to adjust life to fit a schedule.
Homeschooling isn’t just about teaching academics, but life skills. When a child is in the home all day, there are more opportunities to teach them things they need to know in life such as how to properly communicate with each other, how to cook or or bake or how to do basic repairs on a vehicle. Because the child is there for three meals, the parent can decide which meals she can involve the child in. Teaching a child how to cook involves several academic subjects, so they are learning a lot from cooking a single meal. Most important is the fact that cooking together is a bonding experience. The mother or father is preparing the child for their future, giving her an option besides wasting money on unhealthy fast food that so many in society are living off of because they don’t know how to cook.
Every person, male or female, should know the basics of maintaining a vehicle. Spending time with Dad working on a vehicle opens up opportunities for bonding and communication as well as presenting many learning opportunities. When a parent takes the time to work with a child, teaching him something that is useful, it lets the child know he is loved. Being able to do these things without watching the clock allows these situations to happen naturally, giving the parent more time to be patient as the child makes mistakes along the way.
Every family has times where they disagree. It’s easy to argue, then run out the door to school and not deal with the situation. When learning at home, it’s not so easy to avoid negative situations. Except for extra-curricular activities or time playing with neighborhood friends when they return from school, family members who learn at home have to figure out how to communicate and work through their problems. This is a great way to learn how to get along when each other, preparing them for when they are outside of the home. When people in a family successfully work through problems, it helps bring them closer together.
For those who follow a particular faith, homeschooling is a fantastic opportunity to put their beliefs in action. Schools can be a major distraction to children who are being raised with certain religious values. What the children may learn from friends at school often conflicts with what is being taught at home, causing the child to choose. All too often, they friends win out. Being at home, away from negative influences, makes it easier for parents to instill these values in their children. When a family shares certain beliefs and go through the same struggles as each other, it draws them closer together because they share something important to all of them.
Another important aspect of homeschooling and drawing family closer together is understanding that each person is an individual. While the school work has to be done, it doesn’t have to be done the exact same way for everyone as it is in school. Each person being taught will have her own interests, learning styles and challenges. Homeschooling allows the freedom to tailor each child’s curriculum to individual needs. When a child isn’t being put down for her inabilities, or is allowed to move forward based on her strengths in a particular subject, it builds self-confidence while building a trust in the parent or parents teaching. The child knows that she is understood, secure and can count on the parent when she needs help.
Homeschooling can help form a closer family unit in many ways. Allowing more time to be together presents opportunities that may be a challenge to those who public school. Having the freedom to teach important family history and spiritual beliefs, being forced to work through problems while learning to communicate and seeing each member of the family as an individual to learn from helps each member come together and forge a strong bond.