Probably the most common response I hear when someone learns that I homeschool is, “Oh, I could never do that, I don’t have the patience. I am never quite sure how to respond to this because I really have very. little. patience. When things don’t start on time, I am continually looking at my watch and thinking, “come on, let’s get started…”. Waiting at the license bureau, doctor’s office, or really anywhere else really causes me to get quickly irritated, especially if someone butts the line. But, somehow I have managed to homeschool for the past 14 years. So, how do I do it?
Honestly, I am not sure. I really don’t think it requires a huge amount of patience. When you are with your children almost all of the time, it is easier to establish rules and boundaries. There isn’t one set of rules for their school day and a different set of rules for after school. You get to set the rules and you must enforce them consistently. After all, you HAVE to be with them almost all the time. And, because they are familiar with the consistency of your house rules they don’t try your patience by whining – very often.
Now of course, no child will be perfect all of the time. They will, in fact, have many missteps along the way. Who doesn’t? Homeschooling does require a lot of work on the parents’ part. But, the end results are worth it. Your homeschooled children become young adults who you and others of all ages actually enjoy being around! So, if I, having practically no patience can do it, I don’t believe a person’s level of patience should be a factor in determining whether or not they should homeschool their children.