How do home school parents find the time and money?

I would like to home school my children (Canada), but with all the money it takes just to keep a household running these days two parents would have to work, no? Supporting-questions: Is home schooling only for families where the income of one parent is enough to support the whole family? Isn't that the whole point of putting the children in public school, so both parents can work (and support the 'economy'; help the rich get richer; etc.)? I'd like to thank everyone for their comments, I appreciate it [ignoring the idiotic ones]. I've just read through all of the answers people have given me, and wow, it's going to be difficult to choose a best answer, so don't feel bad if I don't choose yours, I'd like to choose about 5 of them, at least. Regarding government support: In Canada, you can do public schooling at home (i.e. following the public curriculum and sending off homework to get marked by a teacher somewhere). There are lots of these because of long-distance education needs as the country is very spread out. But, when the government is giving you support, they want control. That’s another issue, as I was not impressed with my education, or lack thereof. We all had more fun at recess and lunch than at any other time. Art and cooking classes were OK. Science class had its moments. That adds up to a few good hours of memorable and useful education over the course of 13 years. I graduated high school not having any practical skills which I could use to get a good job and live life.

Asked By: Scocasso ! - 12/22/2006
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At the point when I started homeschooling, both of my children would have needed daycare. Prices in my county are $400 to $500 depending on the quality, and most parents tend to want a good quality daycare of course. That right there would have taken at least probably $900 a month of my income. (I unfortunately got a... More
Answered By: Karen - 12/22/2006
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um i don't know
Answered By: sheblese m - 12/22/2006
We make the time and the money, well its the money you give up by not working, not the money it costs to do it... More
Answered By: wornoutby3 - 12/22/2006
Home schooling takes organizational skills and strict financial planning in most cases. Although I have never homeschooled, I have several friends who have for various reasons---suprisingly, NONE are for religious reasons. In the cases that I am aware of, the children are usually special needs in one way or another... More
Answered By: Lori K - 12/22/2006
You should never even think of home schooling a child . They never learn how to deal with other children or people and there is no way you can teach a child like they do in public school. i have seen too many children running around town when they were suppose to be having school. For your child's sake send it to... More
Answered By: roy40372 - 12/22/2006
Seeing that you're in Canada, I'm not sure why you need 2 incomes. Doesn't the Canadian government hand out some kind of socialist aid for homeschoolers?
Answered By: daryavaush - 12/22/2006
I say let the taxes you pay anyway pay for your kids education. I mean god, who has time to sit around and teach their kids anyway. they need to be socialized and made aware of other views and rules other than their parents. and who says that the one parent or both parents even are qualified to give their kids the... More
Answered By: SuzyBelle04 - 12/22/2006
Given the number of families homeschooling in Canada is rising every year, it's doubtful that many of the families have both parents working... More
Answered By: glurpy - 12/22/2006
One parent must make enough to support the family, yes. But at what lifestyle? Does a family need 4 cars, 6 TVs, and an in ground swimming pool... More
Answered By: newbiegranny - 12/22/2006
wow! there is some fantastic advice here... More
Answered By: gertieok - 12/22/2006
No you don't have to have both parents work. It could mean sacrifices, however what's the worst sacrifice you could make? Not doing what's right for your children. We recently traded down on our vehicles and purchased a more modest home than we might have, however it is allowing my wife to stay home with our two... More
Answered By: jsph - 12/23/2006
Home schooling your children is a fantastic idea. I home schooled for three years. We went through the California Virtual Academy, which is taxpayer funded and had no costs. It was the best decision ever made because I got to know my children, we had tremendous fun and I was the one to instill our values into them... More
Answered By: Icantfigureitout - 12/23/2006
Making time is simply a fact of discipline... More
Answered By: mycountryfamily - 12/23/2006
There's many great answers here! So here's mine. When I decided to have children I had already planned on staying home with them. I wanted to raise my children. I wanted to be there for their first word, first steps, all that. I was afraid If I worked and put them in daycare I would miss all that. I had children... More
Answered By: busymom4_2003 - 12/24/2006
my mom stays home and schools us, in the states it's a lot cheaper than public or private school, so i don't think money is an issue, just make sure you get a really good curriculum, my family isn't rich but we take care of our money and get along just fine!
Answered By: tots - 12/24/2006
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