I recently read an amazing blog post from The HmmmSchooling Mom blog entitled, “5 Reasons Homeschooling Gets Harder as Your Kids Get Older.” Her post has me thinking about my own blog and why I have slowed down on writing-although, I think she nailed it!
Her five reasons include:
1. School work:it’s more difficult and less fun. (Definitely, on my blog you will see the fun activities. How many people want to see pictures of my kids sitting at the table working on math? Or at the computer researching? We try to keep the work “fun,” but even the fun stuff isn’t as exciting as the fun, crafty, hands-on activities from a few years ago. Also, my kids just want to get through their work now and get onto their interests/activities.)
2. Money (Yes and yes. Curriculum costs more. Interests cost more, unless you luck into finding a mentor. I am also finding it tough to find opportunities for my kids that we do not have to pay for now that they are older.)
3. Socialization (This is tough too. I have three kids with three different interests. Socialization happens but I tend to be more of a taxi driver. The kids used to have a core group of friends at Latta Plantation-in fact, we went there a couple of times a week. As the kids got older, the group dwindled down. Now, they each have a core group of friends at various places such as the climbing gym, music, the neighborhood, etc. I also do not take many pictures of my crew hanging out because they want and deserve to have their privacy respected. The change in socialization for the kids also led to a change in socialization for myself. When they hung out at Latta, I also hung out at Latta with some amazing moms and instructors. Now, I have to make sure that I make time to see my friends. A week can go by pretty quickly without seeing anyone!)
4. Parents and children start to butt heads. (We have lucked out on this for the most part. Now, we do have to occasional overwhelmed child but for the most part, we are ok)
5. Support for homeschooling parents of older kids can be harder to find. (Definitely! Where are the homeschool groups for preteens and teens? There are a ton of groups around us for the little guys-ages 8 and younger. However, it is tough to find parents of older kids to chat with about curriculum, life and how to adjust to the middle/high school change. I loved my experience at the Taproot Teacher Conference. I dream of finding something similar for older kids.)