I homeschool my three children 10, 7 and 4. This was our first year homeschooling-I've always wanted to do it but my husband wasn't onboard at first and then I got sucked into letting them go to school (seriously it is easier!). My 7 yr old son has HATED HATED school, he did pre-school (when he was five and it was 2 hours a day) and then half day kindergarten 3 hours, as I said never supper happy to go. This was his first full day year and he was so miserable I couldn't take it and withdraw him from school after 2 weeks, his 4yr old sister was home (I don't usually do pre-school I only did it with my son because he was older and they offered speech to him there). A few weeks after my 10yr decided to be homeschooled too (she's a girl and does miss the social aspects of school but decided all the testing press wasn't worth it). So at first it was a little rough, but for the most part it has been a great year- TONS more work for me but ALL my kids are much happier. They seemed younger, happier more engaged as a family-so many positive aspects. One not so positive has been the TOTALLY negative attitude I have gotten from most of my mainstream family members and friends.....to top it off I am now expecting so I'm a little grumpy lower in energy the baby will be here in the winter, and I still plan on homeschooling the children next year-actual no plans to stop anytime soon. The few friends who know I'm expecting are SO negative about me having a baby and continuing homeschooling. Lots of are you crazy- that's too much- how can your possibly expect to teach and have a newborn-just doesn't feel fair to the kids or the baby your only one person- etc etc. Now I've been hearing this crap all year but I for seem reason its TOTALLY getting to me today..... I don't know maybe its hormones are something But I needed to vent and could really use some encouragement. Thanks!!!