How Homeschooling Will Change Your Marriage?
Homeschooling is a valid and accessible alternative system of education in some countries, particularly in the United States of America. Relentless movement by fundamental, evangelical, politically conservative Christians for the past three decades made homeschooling a lawful and viable alternative option for those parents who want to educate their children with more liberal views of their own. Homeschooling is also often a preferred choice for those parents who belong to different religious backgrounds. However, homeschooling has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s see how homeschooling can affect a marriage.
It has the potential to affect marriage in both negative and positive ways. We shall discuss both these negative and positive aspects of homeschooling and its influence on marriage in detail hereunder:
Pros and Cons – How Homeschooling Can Affect A Marriage
1. Managing Quality Of Time
Homeschooling puts enormous pressure on the carefully cultivated schedule of a couple. The couple needs to spend quality time together. They need to look after one another with all the romance, affection, and watchfulness of a wife, husband, mother, and father together.
They also need to look after their kids well enough and spend blissfully happy times with their children. In today’s busy world, most couples belong to the working couple fraternity. It becomes increasingly difficult for them to spare the necessary time equally for their spouses and their children.
It is necessary to have an open discussion with the spouse regarding all the pros and cons of homeschooling before embarking on the all-consuming journey of homeschooling.
2. Pressure On Finance
Homeschooling is not an easy job with effects on the marriage. It requires elaborate planning and preparation. So a variety of requirements awaits a Homeschooling couple. Provision has to be made for books, supplies, tutors, sports fees, equipment, furniture, electronics like computers, etc., for imparting proper and up-to-date education to the child.
Good education these days comes with many paraphernalia. So all these impediments put additional pressure on the available finances of the couple.
Sometimes temptations of a new model car, a luxurious new house, shopping sprees, vacationing on exotic locations, and even some selected expensive hobbies may have to be sacrificed to ease undue, unmanageable pressure on the finances of the couple on account of their preferred choice of homeschooling of their children.
3. No Place For Insincerity
Homeschooling is a serious responsibility for the parents. But there is no place for an insincere and negative attitude like lethargy, selfishness, immaturity, negative emotions, indiscretion, misdemeanor, etc. It is also not for those couples who are weak and whimsical.
A strong character with an inbuilt capacity to reconcile according to the nature of the circumstances. This is what it takes to be a successful parent in homeschooling.
Parents have to rise above their weaknesses and flaws and be accommodative enough to resolve their mutual differences and amicably triumphant in homeschooling their kids.
The aspects of homeschooling discussed above are all negative aspects. That can be positively impacted if only the parents can work as a team. They need to openly discuss their differences to arrive at an amicable consensus. We shall further discuss some positive aspects of homeschooling.
4. Absolute Freedom From Schedule
By adopting a homeschooling option, parents can free themselves and their kids from the rigorous schedule of traditional schooling. Homeschooling is advantageous for those who like to enjoy a bit of flexibility in their education system. There has to be some time target for completion of course material and educational tasks.
However, the education system being home-based allows both parents and their children a certain amount of freedom from the strict schedule and deadline of the curriculum of traditional schooling.
5. Freedom From Geographic Limitations
In the traditional schooling system, your kid is set to confine himself within a specific geographic location. On the contrary, homeschooling provides a wonderful opportunity to free your kids from the confinement of any such geographical boundaries.
If one or both the parents perform the role of a tutor to their children, they can impart the necessary education sitting in any part of the world. Parents need to travel and explore the world to widen the base of their knowledge and experience, which benefits them regarding better understanding between the two and helps in delivering quality education to their children.
6. The Door For New Learning
When parents become the teacher, a constant urge and need to learn, new things take precedence. Until and unless parents themselves are not well learned and well-informed, how will they teach their child meaningfully well.
So, parents who are adopting this home-based education system should always try to educate themselves about the latest developments in the world of education to teach their children correctly. Demand for such knowledge opens the door of a horizon for newer learning, which consequently results in the growth and prosperity of the family as a whole.
We need to understand the basic fact that a family is not complete with only the husband-wife duo. But Children make a family complete.
If parents decide to adopt the homeschooling system for their children, it’s a welcome decision. But homeschooling provides a couple and their children an opportunity to evolve and learn together.
There will be freedom from a set of strict schedules and freedom from geographic confinement. This will make the family a close-knit one. They will further be likely to stand for each other in times of any eventual disaster.