1. "My View: Why I chose home schooling By Bethany Gardiner, Special to CNN Editors Note: Bethany M. Gardiner, M.D., is a pediatrician and author of Highlighting Homeschooling, which guides parents through the educational options available to them and their children. 2. As a pediatrician, I was a dedicated career woman and never thought much about the schooling options of either my children or my patients. I was a product of public schools and assumed the traditional schooling model was fine. 3. ...as I listened to my patients and their parents, I realized there was a theme being repeated many times...stressed about their fast-paced lives and the futility of being forced into a box of expectations... trying to challenge children that are bored in class, arguments about an ADHD diagnosis, to the hours of homework and busywork that intruded upon family time, parents were feeling overwhelmed ... 4. ...I myself was losing a family-centric lifestyle, struggling against the demands of an outside system while trying to balance a career and my family. I knew that to impact my family and children in the most positive way possible, I needed to take control of my childrens education and tailor it to meet their needs and those of my family. 5. By participating in their education, I could teach a love of learning and a passion for education that I saw missing in most of my patients that went to traditional brick and mortar schools. And while meeting the needs of my children, I could also improve my family life by adding to the time that we spent together rather than taking away from it. 6. If you are like I was in the beginning, you might be attracted to the idea of home schooling for the benefits, but still worried about whether it is for you. You might be worried that you are not a trained teacher, or patient and creative. Rest assured, I quickly learned that I was not very patient or creative either, but all I needed was the already present love for my children and the desire to see them reach their fullest potential. 7. ... it does take some time, but when you think that you dont have to wash uniforms, drive back and forth to school, or participate in school fundraisers, it isnt all that much more time and add in that you will be able to meet the needs of your children better than any institution ever can. 8. Home schooling becomes a lifestyle that will draw your family together, while traditional schools are a separating force,... With home schooling, you can tailor the work time to fit in with the family instead of making the family conform around the needs of others.... Learning can be extended effortlessly into all aspects of life from errands to vacations....removal of the one-size-fits-all classroom mentality leads to a highly tailored educational experience for your child. There is time for side trips according to their interests. 9.... removal of the one-size-fits-all classroom mentality leads to a highly tailored educational experience for your child. There is time for side trips according to their interests. " My View: Why I chose home schooling Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs Amen to that, sister!