I’ve been homeschooling for about three and a half years now. In that time, though we’ve made many changes and still do, we’ve managed to find our feet and figure things out. But it wasn’t always like that.
When I first decided to homeschool, I didn’t know a lot about it. I knew it was a way to educate my children, and it was the way I wanted to use. I knew that there were laws regarding it, but not what they were. And I knew nothing about how to do it as a single parent, or when your kids have ADHD.
So while they finished up their time in public school, I went in search of all those answers. Finding out what the laws were was easy. Finding all the various methods wasn’t too hard, if a bit overwhelming. But finding information on homeschooling as a single parent? Information on homeschooling kids with ADHD? That was not so easy.
Don’t get me wrong. There is some information about ADHD and homeschooling. But it wasn’t a lot, and more often what I found related more to public school and ADHD: medicating kids, working with the teacher to deal with the symptoms, etc.
Single parent homeschooling seemed to be something that didn’t even exist, based on the lack of information. Most of what I found that could be useful was stuff that was still geared toward two parent households, and how both parents could work and still homeschool, and how to get a babysitter to help out with homeschooling when both parents work the same shift. Let’s be honest: as single parents, counting on the ex for help of any kind usually isn’t much of an option. Even with the best of relationships between you, simple logistics often make it impossible.
Ultimately, I never really did find the answers I sought. The date that we’d decided on to start homeschooling arrived, and we just leaped in and started. But as we worked on figuring things out and making it work, I kept thinking about how I couldn’t find any helpful information. And I knew I couldn’t be the only parent out there looking for that information.
That was why I decided to start this site. I wanted to try to provide some of those answers I’d been looking for. I wanted to be able to provide a resource that other parents in these circumstances could find and be able to either find the answers, or find a link to the answers.
In the last two and a half years, I’ve published some stuff that meets that goal, but lately, I’ve been posting more generically homeschooling stuff. While that’s fine, and does serve a purpose, I’d like to get back to my original intention for the site. I want to start giving information that relates more specifically to homeschooling as a single parent and/or homeschooling kids that have ADHD.
That’s where you come in. I have some ideas for things to talk about, but each single parent situation is different. Mine, for example, means that my ex is not in the picture in any way and our court order gives me all legal rights, so I don’t need his permission to make any decision regarding our kids. But there are others who need the ex’s permission, or whose ex will argue just for the sake of arguing. Even kids with ADHD can all be different: there’s different types of ADHD, different ways of treating it, and different things that work for different kids.
That’s why I want you guys to tell me what you’d like to see. Ask your questions, no matter how silly, unimportant, or even offensive they might be (but I will reserve the right to not answer them if they’re really offensive). Whether it’s single parenting and homeschooling or homeschooling a kid with ADHD, ask whatever questions you’ve ever thought of. If you have information, tips, tricks, or even just links to other sites that provide these things that you found useful, share them with me in the comments. If, for whatever reason, you’d prefer to ask your question anonymously, feel free to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I won’t be answering all the questions or sharing all the tips in the next blog post, but what I will do is compile a list of them, and answer/share them all over time. With your help, I hope to get back to my original goal and turn this site into a resource for single parent homeschooling and homeschooling when your kids have ADHD.
So, go ahead and ask your questions or share what you’ve already learned on your own. Help me build this site into a resource that can help other parents just starting on this journey find the answers that I couldn’t find so they can feel more confident about their decision.