One of the best benefits my children have derived from homeschooling is the blessing of a long childhood. They don’t know it, but I do. They’re not too sophisticated for the simple things, imaginative play, and children younger than themselves. I love seeing this in their lives. The transition to youth activites has gone very smoothly and happened at the naturally appropriate time of life–around 12-13 years old. I think that having enough time with them early on has made me more comfortable and confident with this new stage in their lives. I didn’t expect this side-benefit of homeschooling, but I’ll take it!