When I reflect on my childhood, I have no doubts that homeschooling was the best possible option for me. Growing up with the freedom of being able to pursue what I actually enjoyed was incredibly impactful.
One of the most important things that being homeschooled created was a deep bond with my brother, to the point where I’m almost 95% sure that we share a soul. Since we weren’t split up by classrooms because of our difference in grades, we learned everything together and couldn’t help but become best friends. That alone made homeschooling 100% worth it, because I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.
I’m incredibly grateful that my mom took on homeschooling my brother and I. There were so many valuable lessons and life skills that I learned through homeschooling, and I feel like it really allowed me to explore who I am as a person and gave me space to be my authentic self--which is so valuable as a child, because most people my age are just now starting to feel comfortable enough to express themselves.
I’ve talked to many of my friends about their experiences with public school, and middle school in particular seems to stand out as a universally loathed experience. As if being a tween isn’t hard and confusing enough, the public school system seems to make it exponentially worse. I never had to experience bullying or any of the traumatic stuff that seemingly everyone I know did, and I’m so grateful for that.
I would absolutely recommend homeschooling to any parent who’s considering it. Even though it may seem daunting, I can confidently tell you that it’ll be worth it. I feel so lucky to have been homeschooled and given all of the opportunities that I was as a result of it.