|Don't do anything you don't want to do, but please don't shake your head knowingly about how foolish we homeschoolers are based solely on your experience.
No head-shaking...really. Nor do I think homeschoolers are foolish at all.
The only reason I shared my experience is because I feel like I have been on both sides of this question. I have spent the last couple of years being part of homeschooling groups in my community, online, researching curriculums etc. I have really felt in my heart that homeschooling was to be the best option for our family.
And I couldn't understand my friends who made comments about not having the patience or just not being able to do it.
Until I came to a place where I realized that the path I was on was really not working for me and that schooling (which right now is preschool/daycare) was actually a much better option for us.
I have a number of very close friends who homeschool and I love and respect them very much. I just have come to accept that I don't want to do it.
I think if my life circumstances were different (if I had a partner who was enthusiastic about actively being part of homeschooling/unschooling, I had more community directly around us etc.) and there was a way that we could unschool in a way that allowed me significant chunks of time each day to pursue my writing/teaching, it would be a very lovely lifestyle choice for us.
|I'm glad you found a solution that works for you, however, it seems like you are suggesting not that "homeschooling" was unhealthy for you, so much as that homeschooling is unhealthy...
I'm really not. Sorry if it came across that way. I think the woman who I was speaking of in my piece did perhaps feel that but my agreement with her was just that being away from my kids for regular intervals of time has been a very positive improvement in our relationship.