When You Never Wanted To Teach But Find Yourself Homeschooling

“I never had any desire to teach.”

I have lost track of how many times I have heard it from moms, trying to figure this homeschooling thing out.

They did not grow up imagining themselves in a classroom. They don’t love the Target dollar section’s educational supplies. They never really wanted to do this.

But they love their kids. They saw the school system not working. They needed to find a way to help.

For many families, homeschooling is simply the most viable option, whether mom wants to teach or not.  I find this is even more common among families of children with learning differences.

“It’s almost like I didn’t have any other choice.”

When You Never Wanted To Teach But Find Yourself Homeschooling

Last month, a good friend of mine called to say that she was pulling her son from school and starting to homeschool again. I was excited to have another mom to hang out with and offered to help if needed.

What she said really struck me.

“I never wanted to be a teacher, Shawna. I have always liked other things. I want to homeschool my son, but honestly, I am not you. I don’t love the idea of teaching.”

The more I thought about our conversation, the more it occurred to me that is true for so many homeschoolers I know. In fact, I would say the majority of homeschooling moms that I am personally friends with, did not start out with a general desire to teach.

Most would say they never thought they would make the decision to teach, much less homeschool, but they took on the responsibility because they knew it was right for their children.

Maybe you can identify?

When You Never Wanted To Teach But Find Yourself Homeschooling

If you never wanted to be a teacher, please know you are not alone. In fact, no matter what it may look like online, I think you may actually be a part of a growing majority of homeschool parents.

Wanting to teach is not the same as wanting to help our children learn.

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  1. In our area, special needs families are turning to homeschooling in droves. Mostly because our local schools are so underfunded and the special education departments are stripped to the bones. It’s sad, but for many, homeschooling truly is the only viable option. The cool thing is with such a huge number of special needs homeschoolers, specialists and tutors are marketing themselves to this community and we have so many more resources available to us.

  2. An interesting approach. I have to admit I am not homeschooling because I don’t feel capable to know enough about all the subjects my kids have to learn. I can’t even imagine if on top of all I would have to do well enough for a special needs kid. I was special needs myself. So, it works for your situation, but what is the real, long-term solution for those families who don’t want to homeschool?

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