Originally Posted by eclipse
I'm not sure what I would do in your situation. I'd probably do my best to move. I live in Mexico and I'm homeschooling here. I have no idea if it's legal or not (I've heard it's not really regulated at all - if it's illegal, it's not actually enforced). However, the kids don't have any friends here - school and church are the social outlets, and we don't do either. They play with the boy next door occasionally, but it's not a close friendship. Luckily, we live close to San Diego, which has tons of homeschoolers, so that's where they have their friendships. Anyhow, it's cheap to live here and homeschooling has been easy, so I wanted to throw Mexico out as an alternative (also, not nearly as scary as the news would have you believe, at least not where I live.)
I'm not easily scared ;) - I lived in one of the world's most demonized countries once, and am currently living in another! I heard very, very frightening things about both, bot found both countries to be safe in terms of street crime and such things are concerned. I think South America might be a great fit for us, and we have never been there so that would make a nice change too. I am sorry your son has not made any friends yet, that a shame. How about you? Did you make any friends? We don't currently attend any organized religious services either, so we might be in the same boat. I have always found I make a few friends from language classes when I move to a new country. Do you speak the language fluently? How is the job market?
My requirements are:
- Great civil liberties or at least non-regulated
- Friendly to one-parent/queer families
- Cheap. Over here, we could survive off $1,000 quite comfortably, what is the cost of living over there?
- I work from home, but would welcome job opportunities locally as well. Are there any?
Frankly, I am done with being the outsider, and I don't want to move someplace where it will be even worse. I'd like to not be discriminated against because of my ethnicity, parenting choices, or family make-up. Is that feasible? This thread has been quite eye-opening. I loved this country before I had kids, but it has become increasingly difficult. My 4 yo already very much sees this country has HER country, and is hurt by comments to the contrary. I think moving might be difficult for her, but maybe not. In any case, I would like both my kids to simultaneously be able to be themselves, and to be accepted into society.