Life has come to the point that we need more than DH's income coming in. Originally we had come to the conclusion that it was inevitable that I go back to working outside the home and we were going to put my son in daycare. As it became closer and closer to reality, we just could not do it. So we decided that we would give ourselves time to brainstorm. We've been looking into all kinds of options and were just kind of going in circles. At the last minute, wouldn't you know my son was the one who saved the day?? He came up with an idea that DH and I had never considered, and it was obviously the right plan that we just couldn't even see it. My son is so perceptive!
Anyway...the idea he came up with is basically that as a family, we would start what would basically be a radical unschooling home daycare. Now I have never run a daycare but it's not like I am talking about opening a franchise of the local daycare center chain. Just taking care of a few likeminded local children whose families radically unschool, but need outside of home care. For whatever reason!! This was just what I was looking for when I was daycare shopping, so I imagine there are others out there like us. :) We would of course serve organic vegetarian food, practice consensual living, not force routines for the sake of having routine, not require uniforms (lots of preschools and some DC here do), hang out, have fun, and just live out the radical unschooling lifestyle as a cohesive group. I am just SO excited and had to share with this wonderful community. I feel like this will be such a great thing. We are gearing up now and plan to start advertising by August 1st. My state does not require licensing so startup should be easy enough. I can't wait!!! Funny thing is now that this is going to become a reality, my son is questioning our plans and wondering if he will get along with the kids who will be here. Just a little while ago he asked to leave a playgroup we had been attending b/c he was not comfortable with some of the others. Well I have tried to explain to him that first of all, this will not be like the playgroup and second of all, this was HIS idea! Natural consequences in action huh. Bring on the adventure!!!!