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Deciding whether to homeschool your child isn’t easy. It’s a good option for some kids with learning and attention issues. But there are pros and cons. Here are some factors to weigh.

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Skipping the Red Tape

Pro: Sometimes getting a school to provide services or accommodations takes a lot of effort. Homeschooling lets you focus on your child, not on wrangling with the school.
Con: You may not have access to services that your child might be able to get in public school. Find out what public resources are available to homeschoolers.
Something to consider: Where can your child best get the help he needs?

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Having Full Responsibility for Your Child’s Learning

Pro: You’ll have more flexibility to try different methods to see what helps your child most.
Con: It’s a big responsibility that takes full commitment. If you aren’t fond of teaching or don’t have a lot of patience, you may not be the right person for the job.
Something to consider: You might think about hiring someone to teach your child at home. You may also want to see if school personnel can help you shape a program of home study.

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Not Having a Structured Schedule

Pro: You’re free to teach your child at any time. If he’s more attentive in the morning, you can tackle the harder work then. But if he wakes up extra tired one morning, you can start in the afternoon.
Con: Some kids with learning and attention issues need structure. They have trouble settling in and staying focused if there’s a change in schedule or too much flexibility.
Something to consider: Does your child have issues with attention, self-monitoring or switching gears?

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Socializing With Other Kids

Pro: Your child may have less day-to-day interaction with other kids. That may be a good thing if he’s being bullied, has behavior issues or easily gives in to peer pressure.
Con: Being social and making friends are crucial to a child’s emotional development. Less contact with kids means fewer chances to do those things.
Something to consider: You may need to take extra steps to make sure your child spends time with other kids his age. Would you be open to connecting with other parents who are homeschooling? Explore ways to help homeschoolers build social skills.

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Tailoring Learning to Your Child’s Interests

Pro: There’s more flexibility to spend time nurturing your child’s interests. If he loves dinosaurs, you can spend all day at the museum.
Con: He may have less exposure to new ideas by not being around lots of kids. He may also have less access to activities like drama club or digital design classes.
Something to consider: You may have to find ways to expose your child to new potential interests. That could mean having to pay for things like acting class or museum passes.

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Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Jessica Millstone, Ed.M., M.P.S. Feb 27, 2014 Feb 27, 2014

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