Wow, it has been years since I posted on MDC! I am a single mama to 2 boys (almost 4 and almost 7.) We homeschooled until this year when we put oldest ds in public school. It has been an ok experience. No real surprises, no big complaints. Little one is still home with me as I juggle school and trying to get into school to become a nurse-midwife.
I have spent the last 11 years as a doula, midwife apprentice, activist, etc. and the past almost 7 years aiming for a Waldorf home, homeschooling the Enki/Waldorf way...with a lot of flexibility especially these last couple of years. It is still the heart and soul of our home.
I am thinking I am going to be accepted into a program that would take me almost 3 years to become a CNM. It will be seriously intense, and it will be in a place that has a Waldorf school. I feel like having both boys together in a school environment that is nurturing, that matches me values, and that is in alignment with what I want will only help me to focus more on what I need to accomplish. I have voices in my head that say: "You are a single mom, your kids don't deserve this kind of education, sometimes you have to compromise, and so on." The thing is, I AM sacrificing so much to do this next step in my education, but it is for the betterment of my family. I don't want to be on food stamps and living in a 430sq foot house forever. I know that when I get out of school I will be able to afford it and maybe even be able to help someone else in a similar situation, but I feel like these years are critical. Also, I will be moving to a new community starting all over with no support system, and I feel like the Waldorf school would be like family to us.
So, give me your 1) ideas 2) words of encouragement and love and 3) your testimonies to why Waldorf school is worth it.