I have three boys, ages 8 (2nd grade), 6 (first grade) and 2. So far, I've had the two oldest in public schools and I haven't had any serious complaints. However, I do worry that the quality of education they'll be getting, especially as they move into the higher grades, isn't going to be what I want it to be (and I'm sure many other threads have been devoted to that topic so I won't go into detail about it here). I've always said that if I need to pull them and homeschool them I will, despite my significant insecurities about my ability to do a good job of it.
But let's say I do decide it's time to pull them. Which I haven't yet, but I think about it all the time and want to be ready if the time comes. What if they don't want to be pulled? What if they like their friends and the whole lifestyle of going to a traditional school? Has anyone here been in that situation, and how did you align your kids to the idea of homeschooling, and how has it worked out? I worry that since my kids have now experienced what it's like to be in a traditional school, they'll have expectations for what homeschool "should" be like, which I will be unable / unwilling to meet.
Also---another thing that I worry about with homeschooling is that my kids see our home primarily as a place to be entertained. Not that I've tried to communicate this to them, but somehow it has happened. Yes, they have chores to do and no, I don't hand them entertainment on a silver platter (we don't have a TV to speak of or any gaming system; they do get very limited "game time" on my Kindle and occasionally watch stuff on the computer with DH), but their main mindset when they are at home is "when can I get my game time." Either that or they are arguing or fighting about something. They don't seem to play very well independently or even with each other. My fear is that doing school at home would be a constant battle---me trying to get them to do their schoolwork, and them either trying to weasel out of it, or just making a half-baked effort in their rush to be done so they can do something "more fun" (although they often seem to have trouble finding something fun to do despite the mountains of Lego and other toys in the basement and shelves of books and games in the den).
So yeah, I have two concerns: one, that my kids might not want to leave the public school environment, and two, that homeschool would be a big battle for us. It might sound like I'm trying to talk myself out of it, and really, I'm not. I'm really trying to talk myself into it, so that I'll be ready if/when we need to do it. If you have dealt with any of these concerns yourself, can you tell me about your experience?