Homeschooling Troubled Teens

If you are considering homeschool as a way to eliminate teenage rebellion, you may be discouraged to hear that almost all teens are rebellious no matter where they gain their educations. However, if your teen is troubled and you are trying to provide an alternative to compulsory education, there are certain benefits that may arise from homeschooling. Troubled teens may be involved in gang activity, violence, risky sexual activity,drugs, alcohol, or any number of other problems. Homeschooling may provide a better environment for teens who struggle these serious issues.

Although all parents want to protect their teens, homeschooling in efforts to cut them off from the rest of the world is not feasible. However, homeschool can produce a safe environment for the purpose of learning, in which your child will be away from the influences of their friends for a period of time. This may be greatly beneficial if their troubles consist of behavior problems at school with peers. Teaching your child at home may provide more serene time in their day when they are not bogged down with their present stresses, giving them the opportunity to see things more clearly. Plus, one-on-one time with your child in homeschool gives you ample time to discuss moral issues, values, and goals on a daily basis.

Homeschool can be a more structured environment than what your teen is used to. Troubled teens who struggle with self esteem and motivation sometimes find greater success while learning inside their home. Emotional growth often takes place when provided with extra family support. Plus, there are fewer distractions when studying in the home. Teens whose trouble has gotten them expelled from public education may respond better to homeschool than an alternative school with other troubled teens. Also, performance may improve as they are able to work at a more customized pace.

On the other hand, many troubled teens are highly rebellious against their parents. Parents may not gain full or even partial cooperation under this circumstance. If a teen fails at homeschool, it may be difficult returning them to the compulsory education system. Also, homeschool requires a great amount of time and effort on the part of the parent and can be expensive.

Overall, there are both advantages and disadvantages to homeschooling your troubled teen. Before deciding to homeschool, be sure to familiarize yourself with your state’s guidelines. Also, if your teens trouble is severe, seek professional help for the problem.