Do I Really Want to Homeschool?
might be asking, "Why would I want to homeschool this child that is so
difficult to handle?" I don't blame you for thinking that way. I wondered how I would spend 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
with my daughter. Many of my friends and even a few therapists wondered
the same thing.
But, somehow I knew that homeschooling was right for my
daughter and my family.
Until she was diagnosed and on the correct medication, I was
miserable and cried a lot! And, she was miserable, too. It took us three
years to get the right doctor and the right meds. We will be
continually tweaking medication as she grows and matures.
So, why did I do it (homeschool)?
Because it began to unlock
something between us. We were rebuilding a relationship that had been
Because believe it or not, the time we were "doing
school", was the best relationship we had ever had!
Also, I wanted to save her from the difficulties of public/private
school. I wanted to know what she was learning and how she was learning.
I knew that a Waldorf Education was best.
Many children with bipolar disorder calm down quickly
They often need time to deschool--play, veg out, play outside,
go on field trips, anything but sitting at a desk and doing school work.
You can take time to rebuild your relationship with them also. Re-bond
doing things that are fun!
And while you are making your decision...check out my "Getting
Started" page for help to get you going!
Homeschooling saves your child from:
- Teasing from other kids at school
- Embarrassment at taking meds
- Embarrassment at losing it and going into a rage at school
- Frustration at not being able to keep up
- Frustration with all the interruptions in school
- Hurt feelings
- Anger that no one understands
- Homework (last but not least)
Homeschooling brings your child:
- Lessened anxiety
- Ability to have a bad day without disrupting others
- Ability to express their anger in a safe place
- Ability to do their work without pressure
- Ability to re-bond with you.
But don't just take it from me, a mom who is sold on homeschooling
and Waldorf, take it from an expert: My
Daughter. Read what she has to say about Waldorf, Homeschooling,
Being Bipolar and more! Hey, she loves to talk so I gave her the chance!