Hey everyone! So, I’m here to talk about something a little different this week. Namely, convincing your parents to homeschool you! I’ve noticed that this is a huge question tons of teenagers are asking. I figured, why not compile everything I know about convincing parents to homeschool into one blog post?? I hope this is really helpful for you all!
First off, as evidenced by this article, teenagers are constantly asking to be homeschooled, and how they can convince their parents. The reasons for desiring homeschool abounds, but the common denominator is this: Kids are very upset, nervous, and scared regarding their situation with school, and they don’t know how to get their parents on board with the homeschooling idea.
Now, you need to realize that regular homeschooling involves a lot of work for both the parents and the students. The students need to work hard to keep up their grades, and the parents need to work hard to keep all the grades, credits, and transcripts updated/recorded, the proper curriculum supplied, the schedule working, the extracurricular activities available, and the bills paid. It’s hard work. However, even if your parents are super busy and won’t have time to do all that, there’s good news….
If you’re simply looking to get away from the classroom environment, there are several online school programs available. You can enroll in your state’s virtual school. This kind of schooling is online, free, and you’ll still be taught by public school teachers. This isn’t technically homeschooling, it’s public schooling at home, but it still gets you out of the classroom and away from those bullies. Also, there are other programs you can enroll in online – they are not expensive and the program makes it easier on your busy parents.
However, if your parents DO have the time, there are several other curriculum choices out there. Take some time to explore them, get an idea of what you’re looking for, and narrow down your choices. Now, here’s where it comes to actually talking with your parents.
First and foremost, explain to them why you want to be homeschooled.
Explaining your reasons is necessary for them to consider homeschooling at all. Tell them about those teachers who don’t listen, those bullies, the unchallenging schoolwork – whatever it is, tell them about it. Explain why you think being homeschooled will drastically help with those issues, and make your life better/easier.
Second, do your research, and present it to them.
Everyone responds really well to good, solid research. Look for videos, blogs, articles, etc – all in support of homeschooling. Look for all the pros of homeschooling, but don’t discount the cons. This may be one of your parents’ fears – for example, they may think you won’t be socialized properly if you’re homeschooled. To counter that, research homeschool groups in your area/state. You may be able to join one of them. The groups usually have at least monthly meetings, as well as field trips, spelling bees, challenges, science fairs, etc.
Don’t get mad, don’t give up, and don’t discount your parents’ fears.
An angry teenager certainly won’t make your parents any more willing to have you home every day. Stay calm and mature. Think through your answers before you respond. By acting positively, presenting solid research, talking through their fears/doubts, you’ll show them that this is something you really want, and that you’re willing to work hard on it. If they say ‘no’ the first time, don’t give up. Research some more, explore more websites (like ours), and bring it up again a week or so later.
Here are some extra links to get you started on research:
I hope this helps, and I wish you the best! If you have any questions at all, feel free to Ask A Homeschooler!