Homeschooling is one of the many things we should remember to be thankful for at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. I asked homeschooling parents to complete the following sentence:

I am thankful for homeschooling because….

Here’s some of the many responses I received:

I get to be with my favorite people.  An added bonus is that as they learn, I get to keep learning!  –Rachel

My kids aren’t rushed and have plenty of time to play and be kids!  -Abby

I am thankful for homeschooling as the choice has afforded us the freedom to travel to 22 U.S. states so far, as well as, 12 countries, 3 continents, and one Winter Olympics while we were stationed overseas.  –Amy

We actually enjoy being together all the time vs. when they were in school and too tired at the end of the day to play and be polite with each other.  –Nicole

I am thankful for homeschooling because my son finally is no longer being bullied and is able to learn so much more than in public school! I’m also thankful for homeschooling as the people we have met through our favorite homeschool group are amazing people and raised amazing children who include my son in everything! We’re very blessed!  -Tina

I get to be there for all their moments and watch them grow, physically and intellectually. I get to make sure they are safe, well taken care of, and learning appropriately.  –April

I am thankful for homeschooling because

I know what influences are around my children.  –Kurstan

When all of the kids in my son’s karate class are unable to recall a positive moment in their school day, or anything at all that they enjoyed…my son rattles off a list of interesting things he learned while smiling!  –Stephanie

I get to spend all day with my best friends.  –Whitney

I can teach my children what and how they need. (I also love that I get to continue learning.)  -Julia

I am thankful for homeschooling because it allows my family to be 100% involved and invested with one another. We did not have this experience when our oldest was in public school for 6 hours M-F.  –Bonny

I hate public school drop-offs.  –Rachael

We can do school as we snuggle by the fireplace in jammies with hot chocolate on those cold winter months!  -Apple

I get to spend my time how I want to spend it, with the people I most want to spend it with.  –Aersta

I get to teach my kids about the things they are actually interested in… I love it when we stop in the middle of a lesson to learn more about a random topic…. the bonus is spending time with my precious gifts from God.  –Hope

I get to spend time with my kids. We get to travel without all the crowds (& expense). We get to sleep in, or get up early – we pick the schedule that works best for our life at that moment. I get to protect my kids’ innocence longer and let them play and be free outside and watch them discover the wonders of nature. I don’t have to try to juggle working outside the home with school schedules, homework, and extracurriculars. We have the time to let our kids pursue their interests.  –Jessica

I don’t have to rush out the door every morning!!! Our mornings are so nice and slow.  –Liz

Because we feel peace.  –Emily

I am so close with my kids – even my 16-year-old! I will never regret having stayed home with him all these years as he’s preparing to head out to college in 2 years. I know exactly what kind of person he is and I couldn’t be prouder! I have 2 younger kiddos too and it makes me excited for all the homeschool years to come.  –Debbie

Because of the quality time it allows our family.  –Adrianna

I am thankful for homeschool because of the freedom it provides! In all aspects! We did public school for the first 2 years of my oldest education and it caused a huge divide within our family. Mornings were AWFUL! And she was miserable! Now we can do what, when, and how we want to and we love it!  –Brittni

I can learn too, I see all these curriculums and get excited about various topics, topics that were probably covered when I was in school but weren’t fun or memorable.  –Lauren

I don’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn. Yes, there are other more meaningful reasons, but today this one stands out.  –Brittany

Because it brings all that is good in life into focus! Our love for family, our love for God, and our precious time together.  –Pamela

We have the freedom to learn how we want at the pace we work at. We also get to go places during the day when they’re less busy  –Marsha

It allows me to instill a deep love and appreciation for learning in my children. The time that I get to spend with my children and strengthen family relationships is invaluable!  –London

Because I get more time with my children than any other parent.  –Angie

We can focus on the whole person and the whole family. We’re not teaching to a test, we are learning for life.  –Anne

It feels like freedom!  -Gina

One of the most common answers was that homeschooling allows the parent to spend more time with their children and increases quality time as a family. What a blessing that is! Another frequent answer was that homeschooling provides freedom of some sort- freedom to learn at one’s own pace, freedom to travel, freedom to set your own schedule, freedom to play and be a kid, just to name a few!

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