I've made reference to this before, but I want to pose a question to homeschoolers out there. In the last several months, I have had some non-homeschoolers ask me if I think a particular person should homeschool. The ones I really try to answer are those who are genuinely concerned.
I confess I hate it when I'm asked if I think somebody is equipped to "do it." That feels like they are asking me to pass judgment on someone else. I feel like saying, "That not my job! I'm not that wise!" I also get a little sick at the implication that the next unasked question (at least in these cases) is whether or not they should be a parent. I also wonder who made me the "expert" especially when I feel so un-expert.
So help me be a little more expert. Are there some practical "qualifications" for homeschooling? I don't believe a 4-year teaching degree is a qualification because I have one of those and truly feel that piece of paper was junk. I have no idea where my teaching certification went, nor have I ever cared. The main part of my degree took more effort so it represents far more to me. Between you and me, I think my outside-of-school experiences were far more important. I guess my major qualifier is how committed the parent is to the education of their children because that will take most of their time and attention from day one. I also think a supportive spouse is essential for many reasons, not the least of which is financial. I could not/would not homeschool if my husband needed/wanted me to work outside the home.
Enough of me---What have you found to be the most important and most used qualities you have or have developed or are working on to be a successful homeschooler? When someone asks your advice about homeschooling, what do you tell them? What do you tell third-party folks when they ask you about someone else's ability to homeschool, and let's assume they are really concerned. What do you say to those who have no confidence in homeschooling and homeschoolers?
And now I'll lay it to rest and let it stop bothering me!