As a teacher, I've educated people of all ages, from preschool to medical school, and on a variety of subjects, from science, math, and health, to Spanish, English, and engineering. But it's my time as a homeschool mom that has gifted me with a slew of secret parenting tips that, I'm sure, will change every caregiver's life.
Right now, I spend most of my time teaching what a friend of mine calls, "a highly selective student-centered micro-school." I teach my own two kids, ages 5 and 2, and we spend a lot of time with other homeschooling parents from all walks of life. Unschoolers (who use learner-chosen activities as their main method of learning), worldschoolers (who learn by interacting with the world around them), school-at-home folks, gifted kids, kids with learning differences, neurotypical and neurodivergent kids, religious and secular kids. And because there are so many different kinds of children who homeschool, and so many ways to homeschool a child, I've learned, let's just say, a few things along the way.
Whether you want to help your kid learn, connect with your kid better, or carve out a little down time in a hectic day, homeschooling moms have some advice to share, including the following: