Homeschooling an only child has many unique advantages and challenges that are quite different from what you'd find in a large homeschooling family home. If you've thought about homeschooling your only child or if you're just curious to know what that might look like, here's a look at the advantages of homeschooling an only child.
Advantages of homeschooling an only child
There are so many advantages to homeschooling an only child. Besides the obvious things like less laundry or a smaller grocery bill, there are some things you may not have thought about.
Special family bond
There is something special about that family bond in an only child family. Our daughter is very close to both of us and she's happy that she has all our attention. I know some people say that can spoil a child, but we haven't found that to be the case here. Our daughter is sweet, loving, and kind (even though we do tend to dote on her).
Homeschooling is easier with one
When it comes to homeschooling, it is certainly easier with only one child. Our situation allows us to have a daily one-on-one tutoring session, something that would be difficult for moms of many. We can create a highly customized education that focuses on TJ's strengths and abilities.
Time & money for more activities
When you have two or three (or more) children, paying for and attending a variety of extra-curricular activities can be a strain on the family schedule and budget. With just one we aren't rushing from one activity to the next and we can afford to splurge on some more expensive opportunities that we may not be able to otherwise.
I asked TJ why she liked being an only (she did go through a stage a few years ago of wanting an older sibling!) and these were her reasons:
- no sibling rivalry - she has all our attention
- no younger siblings to babysit
- more one-on-one time
- more presents & activities
Lest you think she sounds spoiled, she realizes that these are our family blessings and she appreciates them!
Are you homeschooling an only child? Did I miss any of the advantages? Leave me a comment and let me know.