If you’re a single parent who homeschools, you’re part of a growing trend. Increasing numbers of us are finding ways to keep our children home and direct their education as we feel benefits them best. In some cases, children who have endured the loss of a parent through death or divorce are greatly helped by being spared the additional stress of school. In fact, that was one of the main factors influencing my decision to homeschool. My oldest child was set to enter Kindergarten, and I couldn’t imagine putting him through another big adjustment on the heels of divorce. I’ve never regretted my decision.
Obviously, for the single parent homeschooling is an additional responsibility that can look daunting. If you’re wondering how you can manage it, I encourage you to think outside the box. Schedule strategies, financial resources, and other factors vary from family to family; there’s no one right path for everyone. You may not be able to quit your job and teach from a curriculum; but you might consider some of the following:
- Do you have relatives you could ask to take some of the load?
- Is a move to a less expensive living situation a possibility, freeing you to work fewer hours? Perhaps even moving to different state with a lower cost of living would help.
- Perhaps you can replace your income by teaching other children along with yours. What skills do you have that you could develop into a class?
- Can you tutor at the local library while your children study?
- If your child is a mature and responsible teenager, he or she might be old enough to study at home alone. Visit the Kahn Academy for free help with virtually any subject. Homeschooled children tend to become adept at teaching themselves.
- Perhaps the most well-known single parent to homeschool, with great success, is Art Robinson. After the unexpected death of his wife, he and his young children gradually developed the well-known Robinson Curriculum. He worked at home while his children studied.
- One single mom I know brought her son in to her real estate office, where he studied at his own desk!
- Children don’t have to be taught only during conventional school hours. Perhaps you can adapt the teaching schedule to available hours with your children.
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If you’re going through a divorce, consider attending a DivorceCare workshop at a church near you.