Interestingly, the biggest frustration with homeschooling our daughter is not the learning, but rather how we as parents perceive her education.
Let me explain.
I am a rational thinker (think nerdy engineer type). I deeply research topics of interest (such as homeschooling) to the point where it drives my friends, family, and associates to distraction. I have concluded from my research, that unschooling is the appropriate learning approach for our daughter (and I can cite hundreds of books and articles to back this up).
My wife, on the other hand, is an emotional thinker (she is also Chinese – think Dragon Mum – but that is a discussion for a different time). She bases her ideas and decisions on what she feels is right. Therefore, no amount of research is going to convince her, and she has a lingering concern that if our daughter does not follow a traditional curriculum, she will “miss” something in her education.
And therein lies the frustration – we are torn between two fundamentally different approaches to learning.
Fortunately, even though my wife is very stubborn, I am very patient. I also am the one who spends most of the time actually educating our daughter, so I pretty much get to practice what I preach. Even more fortunately, our daughter is BOTH stubborn and patient, and continues to immerse herself in fantastic educational paths (e.g. she chose to participate in university-level astronomy and physics courses), so the fruits of our endeavors are therefore evident over time.
Homeschooling is fantastic! (Especially the unschooling approach … oops, personal opinion). I am constantly amazed at the depth and variety of paths that our daughter chooses to pursue. However, if you are considering homeschooling as a choice, I suggest your family has some detailed discussions regarding the goals, and educational approach, of your child’s educational adventure.