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Shelli Pabis

Will Financial Concerns Trump Homeschooling?

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by , 07-23-2013 at 06:47 PM (412 Views)
As we approach our second homeschooling year, my husband and I are having a discussion that has come up before: can we sustain this lifestyle on one salary? As much as I love homeschooling, and as much as my husband supports it, it’s not easy when financial concerns arise.

Most new homeschoolers have plenty of concerns. On top of their list is socialization and whether or not they have the ability to teach their children everything they need to know. After doing my research, I no longer worry about those issues, but I’ve always known that if anything stopped us from homeschooling, it would be money.

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    Goodness, I could’ve written this post. My husband has been expressing his doubts about us continuing this journey of homeschooling due to finances. Last November I was let go from a job that was actually supportive, so for almost two years I had the best of both worlds. (I had worked there three years before while the boys were in public school.) So, now I’m also struggling. Do I put the boys back in public school which honestly, brings its own set of problems. I mean, say I get a full-time job… I then would have to deal with childcare after school, school holidays and summer. Then there is transportation to and from school. The bus might be an option, but in my opinion, not the best. Then there are the hours they are at school, including bus time (6:30am – 4:00pm). Oh, I can’t forget the little surprises as in when my older son would “forget” to do his work until a teacher sent a note home. My younger one bored in class because he was ready to move ahead. There is the inflexibility to keep in mind as well. So, now I’m trying to find part-time, hopefully, at-home work and tentatively starting my own little biz which is overwhelming in itself. Did I mention I’ll be homeschooling a high schooler this upcoming year?

    Wow, the felt good to get out.
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    Sorry for the delay in my response - I don't check this site very often. I'm sorry for your dilemma, and I sympathize with you! It's such a hard situation to be in especially when you feel in your heart that homeschooling is the best for the kids. At this point, I probably could not get a job that would make going back to work worth it when you figure in all the costs we'd have such as gasoline, new clothes, etc. etc. So I'm trying to do like you are - work from home. But that's not easy either. I wish you the best of luck!


    Quote Originally Posted by ksb427
    Goodness, I could’ve written this post. My husband has been expressing his doubts about us continuing this journey of homeschooling due to finances. Last November I was let go from a job that was actually supportive, so for almost two years I had the best of both worlds. (I had worked there three years before while the boys were in public school.) So, now I’m also struggling. Do I put the boys back in public school which honestly, brings its own set of problems. I mean, say I get a full-time job… I then would have to deal with childcare after school, school holidays and summer. Then there is transportation to and from school. The bus might be an option, but in my opinion, not the best. Then there are the hours they are at school, including bus time (6:30am – 4:00pm). Oh, I can’t forget the little surprises as in when my older son would “forget” to do his work until a teacher sent a note home. My younger one bored in class because he was ready to move ahead. There is the inflexibility to keep in mind as well. So, now I’m trying to find part-time, hopefully, at-home work and tentatively starting my own little biz which is overwhelming in itself. Did I mention I’ll be homeschooling a high schooler this upcoming year?

    Wow, the felt good to get out.