I have been growing a lot in the area of empathy. I believe this is critical if you want to have strong effective relationships. What does this have to do with homeschooling? Well, if we create an environment where our kids are allowed to truly feel the emotions they are feeling and to be validated by us the parent/educator, I believe we are setting up a foundation where they are can be strong in who they really are.
One time I asked my son why he likes homeschooling and one of his responses was, "Well if I get hurt, I can cry and I don't have to hold my tears in". I didn't expect this response at all. I believe it's so important to let your kid feel what they need to feel without jumping in the way to shush them up or distract them from their pain/ emotion. This is something I have grown in after reading the book, "The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind" written by Daniel Siegel. I highly recommend it. Check it out here. Since we educate on the homefront, what a perfect environment for letting your kid feel what they need to feel without getting shut down or made fun of.