Could Homeschooling be as stressful as regular school for my ADHD child?

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Registered: 05-07-2012
Could Homeschooling be as stressful as regular school for my ADHD child?
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Tue, 05-08-2012 - 12:16am

I am really thinking about doing it.  I can't handle another failing progress report giving me one month left to beg teachers to work with my daughter before the final report card grades come out!  Does anyone know what I'm going through here?  I have a 13 year old who is smart and beautiful, funny and artsy, yet she cannot keep up in class.  She has been diagnosed with ADHD and I just think I'm gonna try homeschooling her once and for all.  I figure at least I would know where she is and what assignments are due ect because I would be there with her.  Maybe I would feel that I have a little more control over the situation to actually do something instead of feeling helpless as she struggles in school.  I stay awake feeling guilty. I cry. I counsel, advise, help with homework, everything short of paying off her teachers I have done.  I am working five days a week as a preschool teacher but I am willing to quit to give her my time.  I am a full time college student myself also so I would have to quit the day job to do both her school and mine.  Anybody been her before?

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Registered: 08-16-2004
Re: Could Homeschooling be as stressful as regular school for my
Sat, 06-09-2012 - 11:36pm
I was here last year desperate over my situation homeschooling my DS with ADHD with ODD. He was starting fourth grade, had always homeschooled, and I was considering public school. We did our fourth grade year at home but I still wonder if he would be better off in public school. I can also foresee having lots of issues. I have nothing to compare our experience with since we have only ever homeschooled but it's been a very long difficult road. I think we are probably better off though. He needs lots of one on one attention and a tailored education. Lots of free time to explore his own interests and de-stress. Self directed learning with small amounts of directed learning is the only thing he will tolerate. I agree that unit studies are a good bet. Lots of field trips and conversation instead of written assignments. My DH did not have a good experience being unschooled unfortunately so we are against that.