Home education can be a challenge when one parent is anti homeschooling or convinced another form of schooling is best for the child. This article examines the negative effects of homeschooling when one's spouse is unsupportive.
A spouse who is against homeschooling may provide inadequate support, criticize the teaching parent or send mixed messages about homeschooling to the child. These actions can not only cause conflict between parents, they can create a tense, unhealthy learning environment for the child.
To learn about other negative aspects of home education, read this article about homeschooling cons.
The following are tips for working with a spouse who does not want you to homeschool.
When I first approached my husband about home education, he said he would gladly pay for private school if I did not mention homeschooling again.
After speaking with a co-worker whose children were homeschooled and reluctantly attending a home school curriculum fair, he agreed to let me try teaching kindergarten. That first year was filled with uncertainty and anxiety. However, my husband is now glad we teach children at home!
If your spouse does not want you to homeschool, here are some suggestions for bringing him or her on board:
For more ideas for dealing with unsupportive friends and relatives, read this article about interacting with loved ones who are against homeschooling.
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