Why Parenting your Child and Homeschooling your ADHD kid is Not the Same Thing

Homeschooling a child can be difficult and stressful at times, so can you imagine what it’s like to be homeschooling and parenting your ADHD kid? It’s definitely a whole different ball game! 

The many benefits associated with homeschooling

  • You will spend more one-on-one time with your child. 
  • The curriculum will be individualized to meet your child’s learning needs and desires.
  • You can focus on your child’s strengths while also improving their weaknesses. 
  • You can be flexible, so you could either homeschool five days a week or less, and you can homeschool wherever you feel comfortable (in the garden, in the bedroom, in the kitchen).
  • You can work alongside therapists.
  • You can invest more time in your child’s interests.
  • Your child will feel safe and somehow in control because they are familiar with the environment.
  • As a parent, you have control of any nutritional needs and sensory overstimulation.
  • Your child can feel more relaxed.

It sounds ideal, doesn’t it?. But the reality is that even though all of these points are possible to achieve, they will require hard work on your behalf.

Parenting and Homeschooling your kid is not the same

The negative Consequences you may deal with when homeschooling

  • You may need to become more patient than ever before, especially if you are the stay-at-home parent.
  • Homeschooling may not even be possible due to the family’s economy.
  • You may feel like you are under-qualified to take on such a job.
  • Your child may not respond well to this new adjustment where you become the teacher.
  • You are responsible for buying all the necessary materials and curriculum, which, again, may put a financial burden on your life.
  • You will need to become even more organized as you will need to plan ahead.
  • Your child may feel isolated or lonely.
  • You will need to find extra-curricular activities for your child to do.
  • You will spend a lot more time together, and some children may struggle with this.

Official requirements for homeschooling

You also need to become comfortable with what the law states and requires from those families who decide to homeschool. 

These laws change everywhere (and continuously), so make sure you are up-to-date with this information. Otherwise, you may have problems later on in life (especially if you would like to take your child back to school at some point).

You will always know better

As a family, you will have to discuss whether or not you are all ready to take on this new challenge. 

However, if you are already homeschooling a child with ADHD, then you must be aware that there are many things that you probably don’t know, however, this doesn’t mean that you can’t homeschool or that you are unfit for your child.

It also doesn’t matter if you are homeschooling because of the world’s situation or because you decided a long time ago that this was the best for both of you, you are probably doing a great job, and you do not realize it! 

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