Childhood anxiety is undoubtedly on the rise, but it is unsettling to note that recent statistics have indicated that 5%-20% of children suffer from this condition (NDNR, 2008). But what exactly is anxiety? Medically speaking, anxiety is an internal mental state of concern, apprehension, and uneasiness. Young children may experience anxiety regarding a number of experiences, including toilet training, the first day of school, moving, or meeting a friend for the first time. A major contributor to childhood anxiety, however, is when the child’s life lacks structure, boundaries and is unscheduled (NDNR, 2008). Homeschooling offers an option. It allows the parent to tailor the day’s structure to suit their child, and in the long run, this can be beneficial to the mental wellbeing of the child. Whether or not you choose to homeschool, we all want to play a vital role in the happiness and wellbeing of our children. So, when deciding between public and homeschool, taking the school’s structure into consideration is crucial to ensuring your child’s happiness.
NDNR. (October, 2008). The Rising Anxiety in Children. Retrieved from: http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&ved=0CDwQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.naturopathicfoundations.ca%2Findex.php%2Fdownload_file%2Fview%2F612%2F188%2F&ei=G3ClUL2ODsaJjALlk4CYDA&usg=AFQjCNFba4voNPyy4A0WJ5ZlScoR4fypZA