I never thought about homeschooling in quite that way, but it is so true. Homeschool moms are entrepreneurs!
And not just the homeschooling mom with a home based business, or the one who blogs or the one who creates printables and curriculum.
I’m talking ALL homeschool moms.
I never made the connection until I heard it from Julie Bogart on a homeschooling podcast. Once I heard her say it though, my wheels started turning. The definition of an entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”
Our “business” is our children’s education. I would argue that a successful entrepreneur also needs the following qualities, qualities that homeschooling moms possess without realizing it:
Entrepreneurial Qualities of Homeschooling Moms
Courage – We need courage to take the leap to home educate our children in the first place. Homeschooling may be more mainstream than ever, but a majority of children still attend traditional school. It’s not always easy to be the “weirdo” on the block when we are the only ones not putting our children on the bus each morning.
It takes courage to let the negative comments of the naysayers roll off our backs. “How will you teach them to read?” “How will you ever teach math?” “What about their socialization?”.
That’s also a reason to find your tribe of fellow homeschooling moms. It’s more fun to be crazy with a great group of friends!
Independent – “You are not the boss of me!” How often have we heard that one from some of our more stronger willed kids? We joke in our house that I’m still saying that 🙂 I know I’m not alone. We don’t want anyone telling us what or when to teach information to our children. We don’t want to do Florida History just because our child is in 4th grade. Florida History can be done whenever we want!
We want the freedom to make our own schedule, the freedom to move as slowly or as quickly through a topic, or the freedom to SKIP a topic entirely! Homeschoolers are not bound by the red tape of the system, only our own imaginations.
Problem Solvers – We aren’t content with the status quo. We KNOW things can and should be better for our children so we aren’t going to rest until we find the “perfect” curriculum. Oh, we know there isn’t a perfect curriculum, but that doesn’t stop us from Googling and asking and dreaming (our poor husbands! often hear the brunt of our curriculum chatter). For some of us it means tweaking an existing curriculum. For other moms it means creating something entirely new out of nothing.
Risk Takers – Lets face it, taking the education of our children into our own hands is a risk. Â Teachers, staff and administrators go to school specifically to be trained to teach others. Our government spends BILLIONS of dollars with the goal of educating children. Not only are most of us sacrificing a second income, but we are spending money on curriculum, books, field trips and whatever else is necessary to give our children the best education.
Homeschooling Goes Against the Grain
Homeschooling moms are not satisfied with the status quo. Like successful entrepreneurs, we identify a problem (public school) and we seek or create solutions (homeschooling).
We can determine how “school” looks in our home and it’s definitely not the same as the homeschooling family down the street, we are all unique. We can determine what success looks like for each of our children. For some of our kids that means going the traditional route of high school and then off to a 4 year college. Still for other children in our home, it means community college, vocational school, or maybe no school after high school. One route is not more important than the other. We can customize learning from day one. It’s not one size fits all!