Ask A Homeschooler: Response to Lilia

Hello everyone!  Tia here, answering another homeschooling question.

Lilia asks:

Which online homeschooling do you think is good? One that a teacher doesn’t have to come to your house but you learn yourself . I am a new homeschooled and just need help in this and I want my parents to let me homeschool cause I suffer from depression I was severally bullied by my teachers and classmates and after that I’ve been having anxiety and I have an eating disorder and anti-social disorder and whenever I am at a school I mean any school I feel stuck and I panic and I’m always getting sick , getting headaches and runny nose whenever I am at school . Bulling just has made a huge impact on my life and not a good one . So what is good about homeschooling that I can tell my mom and dad to convince them to get homeschooled and that it’s gonna be good for me and it will let me focuse more on my work and have more time to go out and how it could make me feel good with my situation. Thank you and I hope I can get homeschooled .

Hi Lilia!  It seems like your question has three parts, so that’s how I’ll answer it.


Which homeschooling programs do you recommend? 

I’m going to outline three different online programs that I’ve found to be very good.

The first is Time4Learning.  Though it’s not an accredited “school” it is a very affordable online curriculum.  It is student-paced – so you’ll never have to “catch-up,” and parent-supervised, so your parents can be involved in the educating process as well.

The second is Oak Meadow.  This IS an online, accredited, distance-learning school.  Students are taught online by qualified teachers who will help prepare you for college.

The third is A Beka Academy.  This is also an online, distance-learning school.  At A Beka, students can participate in their accredited program, be taught by online teachers, and earn a diploma through them.


What are the pros of homeschooling?

I think you already started to answer your own question here by saying that it will allow you to focus on your work, go out more, and feel better about your situation.  That’s a great conversation starter right there!  Still, here are a few more great things about homeschooling:

Learn at your own pace.  (No more catching up!)

Flexibility (Study when it works best for you, and your mind is sharpest!)

No peer pressure (Goodbye, bullying!)

Follow your passions (Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to more readily pursue your dreams)

Is socialization a concern?  No worries, we have an article addressing just that.  Homeschoolers certainly don’t have to be anti-social!

What about prom?  Spirit week?  Graduation?  How do all those work with homeschooling?  We have all the answers for you in our FAQ page.

So you see, there are several great things about homeschooling.  Hopefully these will help interest your parents.


How can I convince my parents to homeschool me?

My first suggestion is to talk with them.  Ask for a time to sit down and discuss homeschooling.  Tell them exactly what you told me in this question – about your depression and anxiety regarding the bullying and schools in general.

My second suggestion is to conduct some research.  Look for articles, videos, blogs – everything that points to homeschooling as a very positive option for students.  Everyone responds well to solid research.  It may even help to compile your research into a PowerPoint to let them know that this is something you’re serious about.  If it helps, show them the articles and pages I’ve given you in this answer – you never know what might pique their interest.

I’ve actually written a fairly in-depth article regarding how to convince your parents to homeschool you, so I definitely recommend taking a look at that.  In the article, I’ll listed several other helpful links that might work when it comes time to persuade your parents.

My third suggestion is to put yourself in your parents’ shoes.  Please note that homeschooling involves a lot of work for your parents as well – which is why they will probably be apt to say “no” in the beginning.  Don’t give up.  Present your research, talk with them about it, and earnestly explain why this means so much to you.  It’s natural for them to be a bit scared when taking on such a huge project as your education.  Please understand this, and also know that their fear or doubts regarding this big task may come out in sarcasm or anger.  The best thing for you to do is respond maturely and give them some time to think it over.

I hope this helps, and I wish you the best!



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Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at

August 8, 2014


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