…is that the kids learn to cook!
Cooking is not difficult. Okay, FINE cooking is difficult. Any craft is difficult when taken to its heights. But we’re just talking about wanting to create something with your own hands. Something yummy, something pretty, whatever the motivation–this is well within reach of a kid. A reasonably literate kid with some understanding of fractions, measuring, and following instructions, can turn out a layer cake. Or a pot roast. Or sushi.
And this is not a girl thing. My son makes much better omelettes than mom does. Mom also does not grill–dad and son do (sorry for the stereotype, but in my family it works). Son also makes pretty spectacular chocolate chip cookies. We don’t buy packaged cookies–when the kids want cookies, they have to make them. In our family it’s a good thing to make sweets just a bit more difficult to acquire, so that we don’t end up eating them all the time! (It’s also nice to know what’s in them–my kids read the labels at the store, and if they can’t figure out what the ingredients are, they often decide to just make their own).
People homeschool for all sorts of reasons. Bad school district. Bullying. Religion. Travel. I hope that one of the reasons that people CONTINUE to homeschool is lifestyle.