Since I began homeschooling my only child I’ve discovered that there are some who have a bias toward only child parenting. Even more so against those who choose to homeschool that only child. For some, sheltering a child in the home and “keeping” them from public school will somehow hold them back, keep them un-socialized and in some ways make them disadvantaged.
The reality is homeschooling an only child has both advantages and disadvantages. Today I want to share with you 5 advantages of homeschooling an only child. Note that below I’m sharing resources and one of them is a link to an only child homeschooling ebook which is an affiliate link to amazon.com. I highly recommend this book to being encouragement to you and your family.
Homeschooling Your Only Child Advantages
- I Save on School Supplies. Homeschooling an Only Child means I only have to purchase 1 workbook, textbook or supply. While others have to purchase more.
- I can sleep in. Maybe you don’t see the advantage in this, but as a night owl, I struggle in the mornings. Fortunately for me my Little Man hasn’t ever been one to wake up too early. So we both sleep in and start school a bit later. Generally, we start around 10-10:30.
- I Can Provide More Outside Activities. Because I have only one child, I can provide him opportunities to explore his interests. While I still have to be conscience of the family budget, having only one child allows me the freedom to say “yes” to activities. We allow him to participate in these: Piano, Voice, Gym, Chess and occasional group classes that may be available throughout the year.
- I Have More Flexibility. Because I am only working on the schedule of one child, I can be more flexible when new opportunities, field trips, classes, or play dates come along.
- Deeper Relationship. Having only one child and homeschooling him, I am forming a deeper relationship with my child. I am with him teaching him, encouraging him, playing with him, and talking with him. I’m his go to for support. I’m not saying moms of multiples can’t develop a deep relationship with each of her children, but her attention is divided so in my opinion through homeschooling an only child moms can develop a deeper relationship like no other.
If you are a homeschooling parent to an only child you may feel like you are all alone. But many parents are choosing homeschooling, including parents of only children. There are resources available to you and there are communities where you can find support. You are not alone and neither is your child. Your child has you, loving parents who are seeking to provide for their greatest needs, for their greatest good. May you be blessed in the process.
Do you homeschool an only child? What advantages do you see in homeschooling your only child? Share your story in the comments below. Let’s join together to encourage each other.
This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Things No One Tells You about Homeschooling.
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