Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark Adderley revealed that they have been homeschooling their children for the past six years due to ‘school phobia’ and ‘bullying’.
Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of Lorraine, the couple discussed their decision to homeschool their two daughters, Maddie, who is 17 years old, and Kiki, who is 13 years old.
Nadia Sawalha and her husband, who got married in 2002, explained that they decided to start homeschooling their children when their youngest stopped eating and sleeping, and their eldest suffered from bullying at school.
Nadia said: “Parenting teens can be so lonely because everyone stops sharing all the things that go wrong when they become teenagers… Our children haven’t been to school now for five or six years.”
She went on to explain why they made the decision: “Well, firstly our youngest got to the point really where she had school phobia. It was a nightmare, she wasn’t eating, she wasn’t sleeping.’
The Loose Women panellist added that private schooling was not the right place for her daughters, as her daughter Kiki was a year younger than her other peers and ‘wasn’t ready’.
Nadia said: “It was a highly academic school. We were on the cycle of picking them up from school, then extra lessons and extra tutoring, and she was only six and a half!”
“We just felt like we were on this treadmill and there was a shadow, not only over her but over the whole family.” – She added.
The couple stated that they had only started homeschooling after a private tutor had suggested it and they thought they would only do it until they found a bigger school that was more suited for their daughters.
Nadia Sawalha said: “It went so well, so here we are five or six years later.”
Nadia went on to explain that their eldest daughter, Maddie, was homeschooled after suffering bullying at the school she attended.
“For people to know there is an option if your child is so unhappy at school is a major thing… [but] school is the best thing for most kids.” – She added.
Nadia also expressed that she does not worry about her daughters making enough friends as they have strong connections with friends through different groups that they are in.
A book titled ‘Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids’ by Nadia Sawalha and Mark Adderley published by Coronet is now available to purchase.