Back to school season is upon us and I am seeing all of the typical homeschooling through high school blog posts and articles circulating online. They are packed full of useful information about classes, transcripts, curriculum, dual enrollment, college applications, and testing; everything you would expect to hear from the experts about the most concerning years of homeschooling. But there’s one thing you aren’t likely to see in those articles. What nobody tells you about homeschooling through high school is that your child needs to finish school before turning 18!
Is it a legal requirement that teenagers graduate from homeschooling by eighteen?
No. You are not legally required to graduate your homeschooler before they turn eighteen, but you should strive for it anyway. Read on to find out why.
A terrible thing happens to our kids when they get older, they turn into adults! (The horror!). As a parent you are abundantly aware that eighteen equals adult, but what no parent is ready for is the power struggle.
When the clock strikes twelve on their 18th…
Shortly after turning seventeen teens start getting excited and begin exercising the freedom they hope to gain when they turn eighteen. Mommy, that means life as you know it is going to change.
I see your head shaking in disbelief. Thoughts of “not my child…” and “if they want to live in my home…my rules” blah blah blah.
Sometimes they stop abiding by your rules, or worse, refuse all attempts you may have to be a loving, caring, concerned parent altogether.
The bottom line, sometimes teenagers move out before they turn 18. That means as a homeschool parent, you absolutely need to be sure your teen graduates before there is any possibility they will jump ship! — while you still have a voice that matters to them. While your pleas and requests to complete their studies still carry weight. We can’t lock our kids in the house and pretend life isn’t going to happen. But we can make sure they are ready to move forward when it’s time. Even if it’s time is ahead of our schedule.
Note: this is NOT a PSA only to parents with difficult or head-strong children. ANY child is capable of changing the parent-child relationship as a teen, and sometimes it’s the child you least expect more-so than the ones you are ready for.