Children Don’t Fit in a Box

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Every child is unique. They each have their own skills, passions and struggles. All too often a child’s parents and other adults in their lives tend to compare them or their abilities to other children. As homeschool parents we must ensure that we do not do this with our children, especially in regards to their education.

Children Don't Fit in a Box - By Misty Leask

Your choice to homeschool proves that you believe you know what’s best for your children, that you can give them a better education and that the best thing for your child is for them to be at home with you.

Your child’s abilities and education will be different than that of any other homeschool, public or private school student because every child is unique. So, why would you compare your child’s abilities and education to another’s?

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One child’s strength will be another’s weakness and vice versa. All children can’t be good at the same thing, nor can any child be good at everything. It’s impossible. 

You simply can’t measure any child’s success or failure by the grades they receive in school.

If all children were good at math, we’d only have mathmeticians, if they all excelled in science, there would only be scientists…I could go on and on with these types of examples. Take a moment and imagine what the world would be like without historians, mechanics, musicians, etc. What a boring world we would live in if everyone was the same!

It’s time that we stop trying to fit our children into a box. Our literature loving children will unlikely become scientists and our history fans probably won’t become doctors. We need to embrace our children’s unique abilities and base their education on their strengths and subjects/topics they love. That doesn’t mean we ignore or neglect teaching our children the subjects/lessons that they need to learn, but don’t love. This just means that we choose not to make them our main focus, we don’t get discouraged or frustrated as they struggle through them and we don’t base our children’s success or education on them.

How do you keep yourself from pushing your child to do better or love a subject that you know they struggle with? What helps you not compare your children’s abilities to another child’s?

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