5 Reasons why Homeschooling was the Best Decision for our Family

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Years ago, if you had told me I’d would be homeschooling my kids, I’d think you were nuts. Now, though? I’ll happily share why homeschooling was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our family. A lot can happen in a year over a few years, right?!

First things first, if you don’t already know about me, I am a married mom to two awesome boys. Before I became a mom, though, I was a special education teacher. Even with a degree in education, deciding to homeschool my children was not an easy decision to make. After all, I went through public school and then taught in two public schools myself. Why wouldn’t I feel like the public school environment would be good enough for my kids, too? Even though some could say I’m better prepared to homeschool my children (I’m not, trust me, teaching children in school is a completely different ballgame than teaching my own children), making the decision to switch from public schooling to homeschooling was a decision that was not taken lightly.

This article was updated in 2024.

If you’re considering homeschooling your kids, hopefully our experiences can help you. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have through email, but, in the meantime, I’m sharing just a few (of the many) reasons why homeschooling was the best option for our family.

Why Homeschooling? Self Esteem.

Not to brag or anything, but my boys are probably some of the most easy-going happy kids I’ve ever met. Sure, they don’t always get along with each other and sometimes may not be happy about what’s being made for dinner some nights, but, in general, they are happy kids.

My oldest especially loved school. When he started kindergarten, he had an incredible amount of school spirit. He’d beg me to buy clothes with the school mascot and wanted to attend every single school event. He loved being around his friends, admired the heck out of his teachers, and was excited to learn.

In the last year or two, though, I had noticed that his excitement had faded a bit. He’d tell me that kids wouldn’t play with him on the playground. That his teachers weren’t giving him the same positive attention other students were receiving. He wasn’t doing as well with his schoolwork and completing homework was a battle. I thought maybe it was just that he was growing up and getting moody, but he had also started losing hair and…that’s not typical for a child his age.

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After a few visits to a dermatologist, he had been diagnosed with stress-induced alopecia. School was stressing him out so much that he was losing hair. I know it’s not always easy for kids to navigate social cliques and such at school, but elementary school should not be so stressful that a child is losing hair over the experience.

Now that we homeschool, I’ve noticed an increase in both of my boys self esteem. No more hair loss, no more crying about homework.

Why Homeschooling? Family Time.

My husband used to have a long-ish commute to work. He’d leave early each morning, before the boys and I would wake up, and would return home shortly before bedtime. Those long days away from each other were rough, but we did what we had to do. The boys were already tired from going to school during the day, so it just didn’t make sense for them to stay up late when they really needed to get all the rest they could.

Because of this, nearly all quality family time had to happen on the weekend. Honestly, that wasn’t enough for us. We didn’t start a family to spend only 2 days a week together.

Now that we homeschool, the boys can stay up later to spend time with dad (and me!) because they don’t have to wake up at 6:30 in the morning for school. We can go to sleep later and, unless we have a field trip planned, can wake up when our bodies are naturally ready. This is awesome since we all seem to be natural night owls.

standing on the bridge to feed fish at sunken gardens in florida
We get to travel more now that we’re a homeschooling family!

Why Homeschooling? Learning Styles.

Both my boys do best with hands-on learning. They like to do experiments, build models, visit museums, and travel! Although their public school classes did go on two field trips a year, and I’m sure the teachers did their best to teach in a variety of ways, when my kids are learning at home, they are receiving a totally customized education.

In addition to watching a movie about United States history (they both LOVE Hamilton), when we lived in South Jersey, we could actually drive over the bridge, into Philadelphia, to visit the historical landmarks. My oldest loves science and inventing things, so we’ve visited Benjamin Franklin’s gravesite and the Franklin Institute among many others. My youngest loves dinosaurs, so we’ve visited the Academy of Natural Sciences!

Nearly every lesson can be turned into a hands-on experience and I love that we’re able to take advantage of that by homeschooling.

Elizabeth Dukart and sons in Philadelphia
We got to visit “the room where it happens, the room where it happens!”

Why Homeschooling? Empowerment.

Just as we all have different learning styles, we all have different interests. Both of my boys love science – they wish we could do experiments every single day! If they were still in a traditional school setting, they would only be able to learn about science when it was scheduled for the entire class or would have to see if there was time to do it at home.

One aspect I’ve really enjoyed about homeschooling my boys is getting to really delve into their passions. My oldest dreams of owning a restaurant one day so, in our homeschooling day, we’ll follow a recipe together. It helps him to work on his culinary skills and knowledge, and also touches on math, science, and sometimes even history!

My youngest adores video games and recently started playing Minecraft. While he gets plenty of free time to create whatever he’d like in the game, I also give him challenges to build specific monuments or use only a certain amount of materials to build something.

The result? My kids are learning without even realizing it. They love doing activities they’re passionate about and I love being able to teach them in non-traditional ways.

two young boys learning about blacksmithing
There are so many opportunities for hands on and immersive learning! We could take a field trip everyday if we wanted to!

Why homeschooling? Flexibility.

As mentioned in the “family time” section, homeschooling has allowed us to spend more time together as a family and we really appreciate that! Somewhat related, we love the flexibility that homeschooling has afforded us.

My kids are naturally night owls. It’s ok because my husband and I are the same way! Since we homeschool, the boys can stay up later at night and can wake up when their bodies are naturally ready. We aren’t waking up to a buzzing alarm clock each morning and rushing to eat breakfast, get dressed in a coordinating & seasonally appropriate outfit, and make it to school by a certain time.

Now, we wake up, eat breakfast, and start school in our pajamas. Yep, we’re that family. Some days we stay in our pajamas all day, but THAT’S OK because the kids are comfortable and we’ve found that our choice in clothing doesn’t exactly impact our ability to learn.

We’re also able to make up our own school schedule. If we get done all of our activities and want to take Friday off? Sure! If we want to take a drive up to visit family in the middle of the week? Sure! My kids can get their schoolwork done in their car seats while I’m driving if they need to. If the kids want to work on their math workbook at 8pm on a Tuesday night? Go for it! We can travel whenever we want to, we can take field trips whenever we want to, we can take a day off of lessons if needed because our schedule is flexible and learning does NOT just have to happen between the hours of 9-3:30 Monday – Friday.

Well, there you have it! Believe me, there are plenty more reasons why homeschooling has been an amazing choice for my family, but these 5 reasons get the message through pretty well, don’t you think? If you have any questions about homeschooling, or would just love some input, feel free to email me or leave a comment below. I’m happy to help!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

Have a question or want to work with Elizabeth? Send her an email!

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