Parenting and Homeschooling: A Quick Guide

For some parents, schools are not the best option to educate their children. In fact, more and more people combine parenting and homeschooling. The main reason? Provide quality education, adapted to their needs, and in a favorable environment for their kids.

However, this is not as simple as taking a lot of books and having your child do homework every day at the kitchen table. Despite its growing popularity, homeschooling is only legal in some countries and must follow local regulations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you want to know more about this type of education, keep reading! In this post we’ll talk about homeschooling and give some tips for those who want this type of education for their children.

How Does Homeschool Work?

As its name implies, it consists of educating children at home, disregarding public and private educational institutions.

While some choose this education as a way to overprotect their children, there are cases where combining parenting and homeschooling is necessary.

Parents generally choose to homeschool for the following reasons:

  • Remove children from adverse school environments, especially in cases of bullying or school violence.
  • Obtain a high-quality education, including knowledge that the educational curriculum does not contain.
  • Improve children’s social interactions. By having flexible schedules, there’s more time for other activities outside the home: visiting museums and historical sites, community activities, etc.
  • Create an environment where children enjoy learning, minimizing the stress that scholar pressure can cause.

Also, there are some exceptional cases where homeschooling is the best alternative:

  • Child athletes whose travel and practices may interfere with their education.
  • Disabled children who require an educational environment that supports them.
  • Child artists with tight itineraries that include rehearsals, work, and presentations.
  • Families who frequently move from city or country. This is common in military, diplomatic, and business families.

Parenting and Homeschooling: Where to Start?

If you decided to educate your children at home, but you don’t know how to begin, don’t worry! Following these steps can be useful:

  • Define why you’re doing it. This isn’t as simple as “I don’t want my kid to go to. Period”. Remember: homeschooling is not an easy task. Therefore, it’s essential to be clear about the reasons why you will do it.
  • Stick to local regulations. Homeschooling is legal only in a few countries. In Canada, it’s legal, although each territory or province has its laws. By complying with your local regulations, you won’t have problems in the future.
  • Be part of support groups. On the Internet, you can find networks and groups made up of parents who are also homeschooling. This is ideal for exchanging ideas and experiences. Also, it’s a way for your children to meet other homeschooled children.
  • Choose a curriculum. This may be the hardest part. Today there are different ways of homeschooling: classic homeschooling, online studies, Montessori’s method, Charlotte Mason’s method, unit studies, or bringing the classic curriculum from school to home. Do your research, and choose the one that best suits your case.
  1. Have a plan. Yes, homeschooling must also follow a plan to be successful. Define in a clear way the schedules and thematic structures that you’ll follow. By doing so, the educational process will be more effective.

Parenting and Homeschooling: Final Thoughts

As you can see, choosing to do parenting and homeschooling at the same time is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before making any decision, analyze your particular situation and determine if it is essential to choose this alternative.

Also, remember that regulations for homeschooling in Canada are different by province or region. In fact, in some of them it’s necessary to do a previous registration and describe what the educational program will be like.

To finish, keep this in mind: by choosing to homeschool, you will be the teacher. You’ll be the primary role model for your children and their leading guide when it comes to learning.

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How to build your child’s social skills?

Something fundamental during parenting is building your child’s social skills. Because your kid will not always be under your supervision or guidance, it’s essential to develop these skills appropriately. In this way, the children won’t have difficulties in their daily life, whether in their childhood or adolescence and adult life.

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If you don’t know where to start, keep reading! In this post, we’ll share tips to build and improve children’s social skills with you. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Teaching a child social skills: The basics.

While there are many social skills that children must develop, it’s better to start with the basics. Here are some primordial skills that your children need to learn:

  • Personal space. Many children usually don’t understand that each person has their area and that it must be respected. Teach them to interpret people’s body language and find out that when people tense up, back off, or cross their arms, those are signs that they are invading their space.
  • Basic conversation skills. Children are usually unsure of how to talk, and they often don’t pay attention, interrupt speaking, or raise their voices. Take your time and explain the basic rules of conversation, greetings, how to take turns speaking, and how to ask for what you want without being aggressive.
  • Basic manners. It’s vital that children, from an early age, learn basic courtesy rules such as saying please, thank you, excuse me, etc. In fact, these are the most natural skills to promote in daily living, especially when they misbehave or ask for something.
  • Teach them to be empathetic. It can be difficult for children to understand how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. A practical way to help them understand empathy is by stimulating their imagination. Have them imagine how they would feel in someone else’s place: a boy being bullied at school, a character from a movie or TV show, etc.
  • Expression of wants and needs. Children can use inappropriate words to express what they really want to say. For example, when a kid says, “my brother is bad because he won’t let me play” to express that he doesn’t like to feel excluded. Observing when these situations happen and correcting immediately is one way to help them to build sincerity when they manifest.

Activities that can teach children social skills

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On the other hand, there are activities with which your children can develop their social skills. Some of them are:

  • Read to your children. According to scientific studies, reading fiction books helps to create feelings of empathy in children and adults. Classic children’s stories are perfect for this.
  • Be a role model. In order for your child to have a better understanding of social skills, his best example to follow is you. Seeing you being respectful to others, being kind to the cashier in the store, or talking to the neighbors can make your child admire you and learn good habits.
  • Have your child play games that require eye contact. This is a fundamental social skill. In fact, in some cultures, maintaining eye contact is a sign of listening and paying attention. Some games, such as eye contests, “eyes on the forehead”, and swings at the park, are ideal for promoting such skill.

Developing your child’s social skills. Final thoughts.

In addition to these tips, we recommend you to encourage your children to have friends, play team sports and do extracurricular activities according to their hobbies. By doing so, their social skills will constantly be improving.

On the other hand, you must keep an eye on your child’s social skills development. In case your child has difficulties developing them, you can ask for the professional help from a therapist to improve this situation.

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