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Many parents that homeschool are paranoid about the quality of the job that they are doing. I hear parents very frequently asking “Am I influencing my children in a positive way?” This illustrates a humble self-image, which is admirable. The truth is, however, that if you set out to do a good job, you most likely will. The key is to do your research, come up with a plan, and stick to it—no matter what.
Any way you look at it, for better or for worse, your child is your child, which means that you are his or her main influence. Home schooling is a wonderful way to spend time allowing your little sponge to absorb all of the knowledge and views that you have to offer.
* Follow a designated lesson plan and cover the basics. You're a great influence, so don't doubt yourself!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|