Originally Posted by Lillian J
Dar so eloquently expressed exactly the points I'd been wanting to bring up, but didn't feel up to tackling.
If there's passion, or even just interest, in the home for some subject, it's going to be coming up in natural ways - it just is.
If I can throw in an example that really stuck with me...
When ds1 was in 7th grade, ds2 was about six months old or so. I'd had three c-sections, and had fought through my entire pregnancy with ds2 for a VBA2C, only to cave at the end (the OB threatened to withdraw care, and for some reason, I didn't see that as the blessing it would have been). I was very active here in the Birth & Beyond forum and found ICAN right around that time. I talked a lot about c-sections and VBAC at home.
DS1 was part of a group of four kids who were being "pulled out" by the principal periodically to discuss various issues. (DS1 and one of the others are designated gifted students, and the other two were/are top students.) DS1 was the only boy in the group. During one of their discussions, ds1 apparently gave his three female classmates an extensive rundown on the "hidden" side of c-sections - the complications that aren't mentioned ahead of time, the long-term effects (such as my abdominal numbness) that are considered too minor to bother with, the post-op pain, etc. etc.
DS1 isn't homeschooled or unschooled (I think he'd have been better off that way, overall, but he is one of the kids who also thrives in a school setting, so he's doing fine)...but how many 12-13 year old boys know or care about the ramifications of a particular method of having a baby? DS1 knows more about birth - and especially about c-sections - than many grown women I've met...because it's a passion of mine, and the whole family has learned about it along the way.
Okay - that was OT...back to your regularly scheduled thread.