While there are several homeschooling families in our area (and growing!), I still get the wide eyes when I tell people that we homeschool. When I tell them that we send one of our kids to a public school, many can't believe it. Why would we homeschool some of our kids, but not all?
Homeschooling is a very personal decision. Many factors went into our decision of whether or not to keep our kids home. This is not a decision that any homeschooling family takes lightly. We know our kids and want what is best for them.
Our middlest child is on the autism spectrum. He also has a physical disability. He see's a psychologist and a psychiatrist to help him sort through his emotions and behaviors, and physical and occupational therapists to help with his disability. He has certain needs that must be met for him to function well during the day. Some of these needs just can not be met with homeschooling, especially since I'm also teaching 3 other kiddo's. He benefits greatly from the services he receives from our public school.
Our oldest son struggles with an un~diagnosed learning disability. He was struggling in a school that thinks all children should fit into one mold and learn the same way at the same pace. He actually asked if we would homeschool him. At home he can learn at his own pace, and in a way that is easier for him to learn. He benefits greatly from homeschooling.
This is just a couple of examples from our family. Every family has a story. The point is that we love our children and want them to blossom. There are benefits and disadvantages to take into consideration. And just because something is working now, doesn't mean it will in a few years.
Let's encourage one another in our decisions for our families. Don't judge others because they are not making the same choice for their children that you make for yours. You never know what is going on in those families and how hurtful your responses may be to them.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31