Problems Faced

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Problems Faced by Mind Map: Problems Faced

1. Children

1.1. Academic

1.1.1. Unable to Catch Up Academically Try not to be ill-disciplined. Try not to lose focus of your goals (of home-schooling) if not, the child will learn that home-schooling is lax. Eg. The child might think that he/she might only have to bargain with the parents to cut them the slack that they want. Keep a balance between religion (a form of support) and other aspects of education.

1.1.2. Specialisation Do not specialise so much on an area such that you kill the interest within the child Do not overlook your child’s other interests, be non-biased and non- judgemental. Do match the needs and interests of your child by knowing your child thoroughly.

1.1.3. Restlessness of Children Keep learning in small bite-sizes; let the children have breaks whenever they complete one chapter or a few pages, whichever is suitable. If necessary, stern measures could be useful.

1.2. Psychological

1.2.1. Excessive Control of Child in terms of Bad Influences Try not to control excessively as there’s a limit to controlling, because there are many influences in life no matter what. (Pre-frontal cortex ,which is very important for control, cannot be developed unless the child has been subject to instances where the child can practise) Have a better relationship with your child so your child will have the opportunity to speak about his/her problems to you.

1.2.2. "Group Think" It is an occurrence whereby child develops a protective mechanism against things that contradict this group’s beliefs. Different interpretations of their belief and other beliefs leave them overwhelmed. Let your child be more exposed to people of different religions and walks of life.

1.3. Social

1.3.1. Lack of Social-Emotional Well-being in New Situations Do let your child join activities with different settings (camps) to learn life skills needed to deal with the different dynamics in the outside world.

1.3.2. Child may not be able to React to Different Setting Away from Home Let your child explore and meet OTHER people apart from the usual groups he/she usually interacts with. It is skill that is difficult to teach your child and requires interaction to build, thus do let your child join different activities.

1.3.3. Sibling Rivalry Do try to be fair to each party and avoid biasness. Do find out the fault of each party and nail down each and every problem so as to avoid biasness.

2. Parents

2.1. Psychological

2.1.1. Empty Nest Syndrome Feelings of sadness and loss, which many individuals experience when their children fly the nest Gradually reduce control over your child Try not to be too overprotective. Try not to shelter your child from other influences outside too much.

2.1.2. Mentally Drained if Tutors are Not Engaged Have self-care for yourself to protect your emotions so as to better provide for your child. Know where to leave it and to have a break. Be flexible, if it doesn’t work, do not insist on continuing on with your decision to home-school. Think of other options.

2.2. Financial

2.2.1. Lack of Financial Means to Get Tutor Plan your finances ahead Be confident that you can support your child’s education throughout the whole home-schooling period. If you are already in this situation, consider other options like tutoring them yourselves for example.

2.2.2. Lack of Financial Means for Sufficient Resources Plan your finances ahead Be confident that you can support your child’s education throughout the whole home-schooling period.

2.3. Homeschooling

2.3.1. Lack of support from the Government For example, the availability of marking schemes, exam information, added requirements, EZ- link cards, P5 NDP Preview, etc. Work together with other home- schooling families to make in-roads with organisations, so as to help home-school children be recognised and be included in programmes as well.