Single parents are not left out of the homeschooling equation. In fact, many homeschoolers are single moms (though dad’s can do it, too!) that are making this seemingly impossible task work for their family on a daily basis. Though it is absolutely possible, that does not mean easy, and there is no doubt that homeschooling as a single parent presents difficulties and obstacles that a two parent household doesn’t face to the same degree, but if you are certain that it is the right choice, then you can feel good about taking the plunge, knowing that all across the country other single parents are successfully doing the same.
Financial concerns are likely the most daunting hurdle to get past when considering homeschooling. If your children are too young to be left alone, the matter is further complicated. But, there are local homeschool coops and other single homeschool moms out there in your community that can help support you in your efforts. Maybe you work a part time job a few mornings a week. Don’t hesitate to lean on your family and friends that may be available to watch your kids those few hours, and especially other moms that will jump at the chance for you to watch their kids during their own working hours. Community and support are key here, and are one of the greatest blessings of the homeschool world.
Working from home is a great option for income, be it as a medical transcriptionist, blogger, or real estate agent, there are countless ways for an individual to work and support a family from home. Again, it may not be easy, but nothing about raising kids and being a good parent is, yet somehow you find a way. There is a way here, too.
Maybe you have junior high or high school aged kids for whom public school is no longer working. The learning environment may not be the best for them, or they could be victims of bullying and hurtful behavior. At those ages, your kids can likely be trusted to work independently for longer periods of time that will allow you more freedom in working. You can homeschool in the evenings, or otherwise schedule around your working hours.
Parenthood is tough. Single parenthood is extra tough. There is no way around either of those two facts. A single parent struggling to make ends meet may laugh at the thought of working less and homeschooling their children, but don’t let all of the “what if’s” discourage you. Reach out to your family, your church family, and to other single moms and homeschool moms alike. There is a vast support network out there that is likely ready and more than willing to help you on this journey. Just don’t let fear hold you back from doing what you know in your heart is the right thing. Every leap of faith is preceded by some degree of fear, but if you never try and go for it you will never reap the abundant rewards.
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.