Due to the ever increasing popularity of homeschooling, there are those who feel pressured to homeschool, probably because they are already stay at home moms. It reminds me of when I was a newlywed and people bugged me about either getting married or getting a job. It was like they were trying to manage my time. I always wondered why people didn’t just let people enjoy their own lives and mind their own business.
Now stay at home moms with young children are feeling pressured to homeschool by others who may or may not even homeschool themselves. It seems like another attempt to manage someone else’s time. No woman should succumb to such pressure. It is one thing to plant a seed of homeschooling, that may or may not bloom into a decision to homeschool, but it is wrong to push someone to homeschool because you think it might be a good idea for them. Homeschooling has to be a personal decision.
If you find yourself in a place where someone or a group of people are trying to make such an important life decision for you, you need to speak up for yourself. As someone who is currently a homeschooling parent, and has been for some time, I still find it rude when another homeschooler tries to convince someone to do homeschool who clearly has no interest. It is one thing if a person asks about homeschooling. In that case I am glad to answer questions and give guidance. But you have to know when it is time to anwer questions to satisfy the curiousity of others, and when to not try to close the deal, forcing them to make the decision for themselves.
Homeschooling has to be a personal decision. I can’t say that enough. This means that the parents purpose it in their hearts that it is the right thing for the child. No parent should ever decide to homeschool because someone else highly recommends it or makes it look easy. It may not be their calling. They may not be equipped for it. There may be other things that parent needs to do with their time. It is not for the outside world to decide.