Did our children have a say in being homeschooled?

“Did your kids actually have a say in being homeschooled? If they decide they want to go to school at some stage, will you let them?”

I’ve been told that by choosing this educational path we’ve deprived our children of choice. That as parents we’ve just gone ahead with a plan that suits us without really stopping to consider what our children need.

That we’ve made a pretty big decision on their behalf, one that will have an impact on the rest of their lives. That we’ve shut certain doors they’ll find hard go back through. That what they really need out of each day has come second to the kind of lifestyle we want to live.

That our decision might hamper their learning potential. Their social development. Their preparation for the real world.

But I have a few questions for anyone who feels this way:

Did your kids have a say in going to school? Did you give them other options? If they later decide they want to homeschool, will you let them?

If not, it’s worth pausing to consider whether you’ve deprived your children of choice. Whether you’ve run with a plan that suits what you want out of life without considering what your children need.

That you might have made a decision for them that will impact the rest of their lives. That you might have shut doors they can’t re-open. That what they really need each day might have come second to the lifestyle you want.

That your decision might have a big impact on their learning potential. Their social development. Their ability to live in the real world.

I’m comfortable being asked whether or not my children had any say in their educational path, but only if you are too.


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