|teens will build their own social lives if you let them!|
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Older Can Be Easier
This sounds counter-intuitive, but homeschooling an older child can actually be easier than homeschooling a younger one. Unless they have issues that have interfered with their learning process, chances are your teen can read and do some math. If they can't read and do basic math, chances are even if they have developmental or neurological issues that make this a challenge, their attention spans will be longer and they'll be more motivated to learn. Plus, they don't have to be "on target". They can learn however fast or slow they need to in a home setting. Less stress for all
You Don't Have To Know Everything
People assume that you have to be an expert in any subject you homeschool, and who could possibly be an expert in all those high school subjects? All you have to be an expert in is figuring out what your teen needs to learn. If you're going for a high school diploma, check your state's regulations for homeschoolers wishing to receive high school diplomas and find material that matches those requirements.
The entire body of knowledge of high school does not need to be contained in your head. That's what books, the library, the internet, and tutors are for, and you might not even need any of those. David Colfax homeschooled four sons in a remote cabin in the hills and three of them later went on to Harvard.
Teens Can Run Their Own Social Lives
And they'll thank you very much for staying out of it. If you provide your teens with opportunities to socialize, they'll be fine. They may even end up going to some public school friend's prom, if you're really that worried about the whole "prom" experience. Or there are homeschool proms put on by homeschooling groups. Some groups even have "graduations", in case you're mourning the thought that you might not get to see your baby walk across a stage clutching a diploma.
Talk to your teens and find out what kind of social activities are important to them. Unless you've been living in a cabin in the backwoods like the Colfaxes (and we can't really say that turned out badly!), your kids will have suggestions for activities and socializing that they'd like to do. Just make sure it's your kid who really wants to go to prom, and not you!