My two best friends and I were talking homeschool even before we all got married, got pregnant and had a bunch of babies. By the time our kids were preschool age, we had been talking homeschool for years. We discussed every angle in detail. We talked about the pros and cons of every method. We discussed which books and materials to use; what age to begin; all the things that were wrong with the public system. We talked about homeschool as something that we were totally committed to, definitely doing. There was no question that our kids would get homeschooled.
Yeah. Or so I thought.
So when her twins turned 5, my loudmouthed friend Barbie tells me she'd enrolled them in kindergarten. Offhand, like. Like it was nothing out of the ordinary. Now, Barbie was the most outspoken of any of us about the homeschool issue; I'd heard her get into arguments with strangers over it. She didn't owe me an explanation, but I felt that such a drastic change of heart required SOME inkling of why.
Less than a year later, after trying to homeschool her sons for less than a month, my other friend Mia announced that she was enrolling them, too. She said, "We'll be driving to town on the weekdays anyhow, so they might as well go."
I was pretty heartbroken after that; and now my son and I are all alone. Homeschool was going to be something we did... together.
I'm not a bit sorry that we're doing it, though. He's doing wonderfully. My friends' kids, not so much. Three of them have been labeled "learning disabled" already. The other one is struggling terribly because he's too smart and bored and in trouble all the time.
My question is, has anyone else had this experience, with "all talk, no walk" homeschool mother friends?