Ask A Homeschooler






So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time?  Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.

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holdontothedeck said: How do I convince my parents to let me be homeschooled? I care about my education. I want to be an online student. I feel I will learn more if I am taken out of public school. Every school year I get extremely stressed, and I can't handle it anymore.

Hi there,

Thanks for asking!  I’m sorry to hear about your situation, and I hope my suggestions can help.

First off, I’d start with asking your parents for a time to sit down and talk with them.  Tell them exactly what you told me - about feeling like you’ll learn more, being stressed, and wanting to do school online.

Please understand that more likely than not, your parents will be hesitant, and maybe even sarcastic.  If they have questions about your socialization, then check out this article about homeschoolers and socialization:

My biggest suggestion would be for you to present solid research in favor of homeschooling - maybe in the form of a slideshow?  Collect articles,  success stories, videos, blogs, infographics, surveys, etc.  Everyone responds to solid research.

Also, this is a pretty important point: Even if they aren’t for the idea, YOU need to respond maturely and calmly.  Show them that you are responsible for this by the way you respond.  Don’t be discouraged, just wait a while and try again.  They will (hopefully) eventually get the point that this is important to you.

Here’s an article with more advice for convincing your parents to homeschool you:

Also, if you are looking for an online homeschool program, I highly recommend Time4Learning.

I hope this helped you!


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