This is more of a theoretical question than one I need advice on. I was just musing about my home life when I was a kid vs the home life my kids are growing up in. I was a very quiet, calm, only child. We had a big house, big yard, no pets. My mom is a serious introvert (as am I, honestly) and my father was always away on business. So really, when I was at home (which was a lot... the only time I went out was to school. My mom didn't drive.) I was either playing outside alone or in my room alone. We'd have dinner together (sometimes I'd eat alone if my mom wasn't hungry) and then I'd be alone again. I'd get a few minutes of bedtime routine, literally like 5, and then I was on my own again. I was NOT miserable... I had a great fantasy life, loved to read, explored the woods, etc. - but the dynamic was very different than I have now.
Here we live in a moderately sized house, and we have two LOUD kids, a SAHD, a SAHM, and working on another baby. There is NO privacy. We each have a room of our own but the majority of the day everyone is together for all meals, chores. It's loud. I try to do a little "private play time" every day but they always seem to want to be together and sneak into one another's rooms, at which point the loud play starts up again... We don't have a huge yard and woods behind us; in fact, in our small suburban lot, we have no privacy outside at all. It drives me a little crazy sometimes but we make do - and still choose to hs. But sometimes I do wish that I had the set-up my mom had - all that quiet and privacy. If she had homeschooled me I know I would have had a very different experience than my kids are having. They don't know what it's like to be alone, quiet, lost in your own thoughts. They play together (they're the same age) and build ideas off each other... whereas I just basically had books etc to learn from. (Which was fine... I basically unschooled myself whenever I was out of school anyway.) OTOH I know when I was a kid I wished sometimes for a sibling, because I did get lonely every once in a while.
So, yeah, I've rambled, tons. But I guess the question to pose here is... how do you think the number of kids you're homeschooling affects your methods of, or experience of, homeschooling itself? Would it be better to have only one child so you could focus more on his or her needs? Would you prefer to have like ten kids, the older teaching the younger, all interacting in a group and building off one another's learning? Would you prefer to have a couple of closely spaced kids, or further spaced? Would homeschooling 3 or 4 kids take too much out of you to be worth it for your personal sanity, whereas 1 or 2 would be just fine? I know this is all theoretical, but I'm genuinely curious. I guess I'm also worried about adding yet another child to the mix and wondering how that will pan out in the long run.