by Amy Tjaden News Editor

I’d like to thank Charise Colbert for taking the time to write to me and share her story.

Charise is a single parent who works full-time. She also homeschools her 10-year old son. How does she do it? Charise says it requires thinking outside the box. It also helps that she has the support of family members.

Charise’s son, DeAndre, is a gifted child who also has ADHD. The situation with school administrators and the district had reached a stressful point. Charise realized that she would be better off pulling DeAndre from the school rather than trying to get other adults to care for her child the way that she does.

Charise works with DeAndre in the evenings and on the weekends. She points out that she no longer has to worry about spending her vacation days for extended breaks or half-days scheduled by the school system. Instead she can use that vacation time to plan field trips and other activities.

One of the best things about homeschooling is the flexibility that it allows. If something doesn’t work, you can go back to the drawing board. You can mold everything around what works best for each child. Charise says she is grateful for that flexibility and points out that another great benefit is that it allows DeAndre to realize his positive attributes rather than focusing on the negative; which can often be the case in a school setting.

Charise has been homeschooling for about a year. She admits that she had previously considered homeschooling but had those who told her she couldn’t do it. But eventually she ignored the naysayers to do what she felt was best for her son and her situation.

I think Charise’s story is important because it shows that homeschooling is very viable option. To anyone who is considering homeschooling, it can seem like an impossible, unrealistic endeavor. This can seem amplified for the single parent. It is a big task to take on.

But, as Charise has shown, if it is something you really feel is important it can be done. 

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