I'm hoping for some advice from those unschoolers who have done or attempted this. I realise that the entrepreneurial family is historically (and presently in many regions of the world), the norm, but given that it certainly isn't in Canada or even North America, and this is where I live, I would be trail-blazing, and that's a bit scary with so many little people relying on me.
On the other hand, it is immensely scarier to continue to rely on a paycheque from my partner's ridiculous gov't job. He's not in danger of losing his job, but it has taken over our whole life, and we need to change that.
So, my family needs to own and operate business/es from home that generate(s) our whole income, I need to start and finish a 4 year university degree, dp needs to start and complete a Master degree (3 years), and we need to prepare to move overseas all with a five year time-limit and of course including the usual domestic chores and importantly, meeting all of our needs. I need the degree before we go, and we need the business both for income and savings, but also to take with us. We can both do nearly all of our coursework online, but will have some in-person courses and proctored exams to complete as well.
Childcare is unavailable and sending my children to school is not an option (and wouldn't help if it were, given that I only have two who could go).
Do you think that unschooled children suffer or benefit from this sort of undertaking? I would want to include them in as much of this as possible, given that raising children to follow their passions and live their lives their way is imbedded in our reasons for unschooling, and dp and I would be living those ideals with them. In my mind, it seems like it would be me doing stuff, the children doing what interests them with me, and basically just us doing our life with no child-centred stuff at all, like no gymnastics or library story-time sort of things because we really would have to spend all of our time in our little world, at least for a few years. This is what my relatives did, but they also sent their children to school at least for a few years. My wee littles would be spending a lot of time playing amongst the chaos/order, and the older ones could work alongside or pursue interests that don't require more commitments.
I want my children to be prepared for adulthood, so this is an ideal learning environment overall, but the details are a bit frightening. Perhaps I need to just start and work it out as I see things evolving.
What do you think?