We have been homeschooling for 15 years now, and yes, it's growing in popularity! Though it's true we started for academic reasons, we've stayed with it for the lesser known "perks" which boil down to quantity and quality time. It's not always easy, and it's not always fun, but nothing worth doing ever is! Simply BEING around my kids is something I didn't appreciate early on, but now wouldn't give up for a million dollars.
For those "numbers people" like myself, I thought I'd share some math. A typical school year is 170 days, and each day roughly 8 hours long. That's about 1360 hours per year a homeschool parent spends with their child. If your child attends school for 13 years, that's over 17,000 contact hours. 17 THOUSAND! (No wonder I'm tired!) While I'm happy to delegate music lessons, swim team, and karate, I get to keep the best hours for myself!