Stacey Solomon defends her decision to homeschool her sons

Stacey Solomon has been homeschooling her two sons Zachary and Leighton

Stacey Solomon

by Emma Dodds |
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Stacey Solomon has opened up about her decision to homeschool her two sons since September last year.

Stacey, 28, is mum to Zachary, 10, and five-year-old Leighton, and has written all about her decision to take them out of school in a column for Fabulous.

She started off her piece by saying that she knows every child is different and hadn't made the decision lightly.

GALLERY: Stacey Solomon's cutest mummy moments


Stacey Solomon's cutest mummy moments SLIDER

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Stacey with her two sons at Disneyland

Stacey took Leighton and Zachary to Disneyland this summer.

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In the bath

Stacey received some backlash for taking baths with her sons, but she refused to change her parenting methods just to make some trolls happy.

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Holiday in Cyprus

The family enjoyed a holiday in Cyprus.

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Snuggled on the sofa

The Loose Woman recently reached out for advice, wondering at what age most parents are letting their kids have mobile phones.

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Family time

Joe got in on the action for this big family cuddle.

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The trio on a teacup

The three musketeers had a snap taken on a teacup ride at a theme park.

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Ben 10 fans

Stacey uploaded this adorable picture of her two lads dressed up as their favourite TV character - Ben 10.

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Matching pyjamas

How cute! We wish it was this easy to get kids to wear matching pyjamas...

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Sunny Southend

Stacey's fans were overjoyed that she had taken her children to visit Southend beach.

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Lazy Sundays

Stacey uploaded this super sweet snap of herself and Leighton enjoying a lazy Sunday lie-in.

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Birthday cake pops

Stacey and Leighton enjoyed some cute cake pops for his fifth birthday in May 2017.

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Meeting Mickey Mouse

The met Mickey Mouse on their trip to Disneyland.

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First day back at school

Even celebs get all mushy when they see their little 'uns going off to school.

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Yoga time!

They sure know how to have fun. Stacey, Leighton and Zachary enjoyed some relaxing yoga.

Stacey started to question whether school was right for her sons after she noticed Zachary was starting to change, and that he was losing some of her favourite parts of his personality.

She explained: "Before that, he was often cheeky and making jokes, he never worried what people thought of him. He was a happy-go-lucky child, always inquisitive and wanting to know EVERYTHING about everything."

But things started to change when he was in Year Two, writing: "He would come home from school embarrassed to make jokes and be silly and he became very quiet and a little sad.

"We spoke about this a lot and he explained to me that his behaviour was deemed naughty and disruptive by teachers and not cool by his peers."

He was even shamed by his teachers for asking questions: "He said when he asked questions, he felt they were silly. One stuck out for me in particular. They were studying the Egyptians and he asked, 'But where did the Egyptians come from?' He was told to ask a sensible question."

Stacey was keen to ensure people didn't think she was "teacher bashing," adding that teachers are "amazing, underpaid and overworked."

She revealed that homeschooling had always been "at the back of her mind" because "whenever I am with the boys and we are out in different environments their senses heighten and their enthusiasm to learn is at its best."

Stacey stressed that she was in a "very privileged and uncommon position" that many other parents weren't in which allowed her to homeschool.

She added: "It’s not easy. School is actually really convenient. You drop your children off and head to work and pay for the child care in between. Childcare is ridiculously expensive – it’s enough to make you consider not working because you have to pay so much."

She concluded by saying that she knew her choice was "controversial" and that "not everyone will agree with me," but that each parent should be allowed to make their own decision.

She said: "When it comes to raising your kids I firmly believe everyone should do it their own way and not judge what everyone else is doing.

"Ultimately, I have no idea how this relatively new step in our lives will pan out, but right now my children are happy and healthy, enjoying life and learning and that’s all I can hope for.

"Everything I have ever done and with my children is with their best interests at heart and I think that that is all parents ever do."

Good on you, Stace!

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