If you are planning on considering home schooling for your child, it would be well worth answering these questions honestly. It will give you an idea about just how suited you are to become a homeschool teacher.
Do you have patience to deal with your own children? Many people can be extremely patient with strangers but tend to lose their cool very fast when it comes to misbehavior of their own children. The parent seems to take it as a personal affront if the child is unable to process the lesson being taught in the very first shot. Since children can only learn in a relaxed environment and if you are unable to stay relaxed, homeschooling is going to be pure misery for both if you don’t have an ample supply of patience.
Do you have the time to homeschool your children in addition to your regular routine duties? For every lesson that your child learns you will be spending time preparing the lesson, teaching the lesson and then evaluating what the child has grasped in tests. If you have a set of duties that you must perform in addition to teaching your child you will soon be running ragged trying to catch up. Can your routine handle changes and flexible teaching slots? A child can be in a mood to study one day at a particular time and may not be quite as attentive in the same time slot the very next day. Can your schedule handle this on a daily basis?
Are you any good as a teacher? Please be brutally honest with yourself as you answer this question. Some people are born with a talent to explain things to others in an easy to understand manner. Other learn to teach children as best as they can. Is it in your nature to explain a concept from scratch to a child who will know nothing about the concept till you introduce it to him or her? How good are you at working out alternative methods to teach the same concept if the first way fails to register success with the child? Remember you can be the best or the worst thing that has happened to your child.