Whenever I hear about a homeschooling parent struggling with a child who rebels against doing schoolwork, or feeling crushed by the amount of preparation they're doing, my heart goes out to them. To me, homeschooling is an experience that should make life better for both parent and student.
In fact, a recent study showed that college students who were homeschooled are typically happier than their peers. The study, reported in the International Social Science Review last year, found that homeschooled students in college reported higher academic success and viewed their entire college experience more positively than traditionally educated students. They also showed less depression and similar levels of self-esteem as other students.
I suspect the reason is that successful homeschooling families set goals that fit their children's needs and interests. The happiest homeschoolers are also realistic about what they can do on their own, and when to seek outside resources and support. Here are some tips to set you on the path towards happier homeschooling.
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