I have 3 kids, ages 16, 14 and 8. We have unschooled all their lives. Last fall, the 14 year old wanted to try going to school, and she quit after about 6 weeks. THe option was totally open, and it caused so much stress I was so happy when she decided not to go back. Well this fall the 16 and 8 year old are wanting to go. It is breaking my heart :( The oldest wants to go the last two years then smootly go on to tech afterwards. My 8 year old, I don't know why, for many reasons I guess. She is the quickest to learn and pick up on things.
Also I am having a baby late sept/early oct and it's all just feeling overwhelming. I'm going to have to register, come up with transcripts(what fun THAT will be), get non-vaccine forms and face the nice preachy people at the health dept. My oldest is seriously "behind" in math, my youngest's handwriting is awful. She refuses to write in lower-case and will be in 3rd grade. I lay awake at night full of anxiety about this.
School goes against everything I feel, especially for the younger kids. I am feeling much better about the oldest going except for her math skills, but that has been something she could have been working on at home and chose not to, so it's on her at this point. Will I live through this? Will my heart literally break? Last fall I cried when my middle child went to school, dh even took the first day off to see her off and stay with me and keep me busy all day. This time I'm pregnant so it'll be 10X as worse, pluse it's two of my babies leaving. Ugh. I HATE school and how it draws our babies in :(