When I tell new people that I'm homeschooling, I often hear "That's so hard. I couldn't do that." My replies to this have varied from "Oh sure you could" or "It's not as hard as you'd think" or "I wish I didn't have to" and even "I'm not sure I can do it either." I'm not like other homeschooling moms who have always known they were going to homeschool. It is an option that I am glad that I have and have decided to use for my children's benefit.
It is inevitable that people compare homeschoolers to public school teachers. I understand that desire since the academic goals are similar--teaching kids subject matter. It is wholly unwarranted on so many other levels. The differing number of kids, the different environment, the ability to make curriculum choices are all extremely different. While comparing the roles comes naturally, it seems 'apple to oranges' to me.
In my own homeschool, I have a very distinct opinion about one way that I feel homeschooling can be harder. I only have my two children to educate at home (and the toddler to try to work around), so you would think classroom management would be pretty easy. Unfortunately, that can be one of my biggest challenges. Without the example of all of the other kids also working, it seems to be a constant battle to keep my kids focused. In a school situation, surrounded by peers, kids exercise a higher level of self-control.
At home, when they are out of the visibitlity of peers, or of a nice, but non-family, teacher, things are quite different. But the biggest issue is that when the kids are unhappy, upset, frustrated, or challenged, then the sparks fly. Being at home, in their comfort zone, with me, leads to full-fledged waterworks. I have found that homeschooling can be harder than teaching other people's children at least this way--my kids have no compunction about letting all of their raw emotions out.