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post #21 of 49


I'm in the Burbs... severely. McKinney, it doesn't get any more burby. It is hard to fit in... I have ZERO in common with 99% of the moms here and usually they just ignore me. I can count on one hand the times I have seen either AP moms or alternative looking moms. I'm introverted so that counts against me, an outgoing person who could overlook MAJOR philosophical differences would probably do better here. I wouldn't say the general public is unaccepting... more that they treat the AP lifestyle with curiosity and a slight air of negativity, if that makes sense. When people learn that I'm a homebirther they usually say the could "never!" do that... same with homeschool.

Also, there are way hipper places than where we live so that is also a factor.

We have not experienced overt racism but most of the time dh and our kids are the only people of color. Shoot, most of the time I am on the only Italian! I do witness lots of sexism, classism, and homophobia unfortunately.

I don't want to scare you off from a place you might love but dh and I vow constantly to get our kids out of here ASAP.
post #22 of 49
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the heads up McKinney was one place we were considering. Maybe we ought to reconsider Austin or Houston, I dunno

Where do you want to go - back to Chicago?
post #23 of 49
I have heard really good things about Austin. I think if we had landed in Austin we would be happier here.

I'd really like to go to the Pacific Northwest, Orgeon or Washington.... somewhere with nice Midwifery laws.

What brings you to Texas?
post #24 of 49
I have lived all over Texas. Dallas area, Waco, Lubbock, DH lived in Houston and I visited a LOT, College Station, Tyler, and now Austin. My father lived near McKinney, and I spent what seemed like a lot of time there settling his estate. And we visit San Antonio quite a bit.

I recommend Austin. It tends to be a more highly-educated, informed and welcoming populace than anywhere else I've lived in Texas, IMO. Lots of live music, lots of outdoor activities, several colleges in the area (including the University of Texas), several lakes in the area, natural beauty. There is some racism, but less than other areas of the state. Far fewer homophobic rednecks than some other places I have lived.

PM me if you want more information. I had typed some rather raw opinions of some of the places I've lived, and I erased them so I wouldn't hurt anyone's feeling or get into trouble.
post #25 of 49
You would TOTALLY fit right in here in Austin... don't know much about DFW, sorry. Here in Austin there is the Austin Area Homeschoolers, a huge support group with lots of activities. There is also CHEACT, Christian Home Educators Association of Central Texas, which you do agree to a SOF when you become a member. So that probably wouldn't be for you. But AAH is huge too. Seems like I heard once that there were over 1000 families homeschooling in Austin.
post #26 of 49
Thread Starter 
Ann-Marita, I PM'd you. Meanwhile I'm doing some research on Austin. We were there very briefly and didn't stop to do anything (stuck in a crappy motel in a horrible location and couldn't go anywhere due to rush hour traffic). It looked nice, maybe a little smaller than what we were looking for. On the other hand, I do know a few people who live there so that's a plus.

Thanks for all the info! Let me know if anyone has anything else to add!
post #27 of 49

You should be fine in Mansfield

because you are close to FW and Dallas both
Which both have secular groups and a large melting pot so the race shouldn't come into play too much ( you will always have one somewhere I have sadly come to find THere are a lot of Asian resteraunts and grocery stores in the dfw area and a nice Buddhist temple for those interested
You are moving to a much more progressive area than I live in
post #28 of 49
I find DFW to be pretty great for being AP - although, admittedly, not as great as the Boston area, where we used to live. There are two excellent resources in DFW for AP - http://www.apconnect.org (look for the discussion boards - we get together often - and for the homeschool section in Resources) and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/apdallasmoms

There is also a great secular homeschool group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NTNL (stands for North Texas Natural Learners).

Although I'd rather be in Austin (and I grew up in Houston), I'm pretty happy in Dallas as well. Certainly the drawbacks exist - the heat, the bugs, the superficiality (and the shopping, ugh), the huge cars...but I have had no problem at all finding tons of AP moms/LLL moms to hang out with. They are my major support system here.
post #29 of 49
I grew up in Arlington, TX (it's between Dallas and Fort Worth)...we're VERRRRRYYY Liberal...and very secular. We are currently living in Lubbock, TX. (Sheena...if you think DFW sucks...try this place. lol) DFW is like living inside the ACLU compared to this town.

Grapevine is more liberal...Flower Mound (these are all on the North East sides of town)
North Richland Hills...also more liberal....Even Grand Prairie just east of Arlington.

We would move back in a heartbeat if we could....but we're setting our sights further West.

Best of luck with your move...I will tell you that DFW is one of THE LEAST rascist or Redneck areas in most of Texas. There are MANY MANY transplants and such a diverse group of people. When you think Redneck, Rascist, Bigots...think WEST Texas (where I am) And there's a huge Homeschooling group here...

LOTS of homeschoolers in DFW. Am I rambling?

Ok..I'll stop. But please feel free to ask me any questions...I'll help if I can.

Best of luck!
post #30 of 49
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Originally Posted by CerridwenLorelei
because you are close to FW and Dallas both
Which both have secular groups and a large melting pot so the race shouldn't come into play too much ( you will always have one somewhere I have sadly come to find THere are a lot of Asian resteraunts and grocery stores in the dfw area and a nice Buddhist temple for those interested
You are moving to a much more progressive area than I live in

Unless it's just changed IMMENSELY since I lived out that way...Mansfield is not very secular. A lot of the Good Ol Boys who don't want to live all the way out in Midlothian or Burleson live there.

While DFW is very diverse...I'd stay in the Main cities or be futher North and East. Just my opinion.
post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by willowsmom
DFW is like living inside the ACLU compared to this town.
: I know what you mean... I have had some experience in Arlington... unfortunately!
post #32 of 49
I live in Fort Worth, and I love it. There is that air of cowboy pride around here, but that's just because of our city's history of being a big cattle town. It's also very diverse, and I live in an area with alot of gay couples so I don't find it homophobic. And like other posters said, there are TONS of homeschoolers here.
post #33 of 49

maybe that is why

we have several Mansfield families in our hs group willowsmom
kind of like I live elsewhere but spend much time in WFW and SWFW and belong to a group there and not here
post #34 of 49
I live in austin. austin area homeschooler (secular/inclusive) has at least 600 members, there is no membership list but that is how many families were on the e-mail loop last time I checked. cheact (the christian-strictly group) has over 1500 members, and there are at least 20 smaller assorted groups in the surrounding area. AAH has chess club, many differant groups who do park days, graduations cermonies, a coupld of dances a year, several co-ops, etc. there are amazing things for homeschoolers to do here from acting classes, art classes, mentorship programs, it just goes on and on.
post #35 of 49
Jenny,

Have you guys considered Richardson? We have only been here since July but it seems fairly diverse. We are in the UTD area.

We moved from Denton - lots of homeschooling, many conservatives - though a lot of diversity with the UNT students. Denton does have a nice birth center, GREAT midwives and even a natural birth friendly hospital.
post #36 of 49
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by snugglebutter
Jenny,

Have you guys considered Richardson? We have only been here since July but it seems fairly diverse. We are in the UTD area.

We moved from Denton - lots of homeschooling, many conservatives - though a lot of diversity with the UNT students. Denton does have a nice birth center, GREAT midwives and even a natural birth friendly hospital.
We did look at a house in Richardson, but it seems like we can get more house elsewhere so we concentrated the rest of our search in the southern metro. Denton is one area that we'd like to look at so I'm glad you mentioned it. How far is that driving distance to say Irving or downtown Dallas?

Jenny
post #37 of 49
Depending on where you are actually going you are looking at 45min to an hour, and that's without heavy traffic. Denton is great, but if your Dh is working in Dallas I would consider something closer (at least something south of the Lake Lewisville bridge). That is the main reason we moved. Our cost of living did increase slightly, but Dh is so much happier without that drive that it has been worth it for us. He wants to stay at his current job at least a few more years so it is well worth it for us to be closer.

Well I'm not too much help huh?
post #38 of 49
Thread Starter 
No, no, that was actually quite helpful. It's one thing to look at a map but another to actually live there and have to drive it.

Does anyone know anything about the atmosphere in the Cedar Hill area? This is another area we are looking at.

Jenny
post #39 of 49
Ok I have been sitting here trying to decide what to say on this thread......As a conservative Christian who is from Northern Illinois(LOL had to add that in)
the Christian bashing on the mothering site gets on my nerves.
I can understand not wanting to be proseltized(sp?) to but come on lets not lump everyone together. Lets face it you will be moving into the bible belt. There will be churches EVERYWHERE. But Texas is one of the BEST states to homeschool in. Lots of freedom you are considered a private school. There are groups here that are not Christian and do not make you sign a statement of faith. In fact I had joined a group and when sitting talking with the women and they started the Christian/politics bashing thing I suggested that maybe not all of us were on the same page and they just kept going anyway it bugged me. In other words it can be on both sides.(the so called intolerance I mean) But you will find that there are tons that are. But you may also find that there are some really friendly nice people here. This is a major metroplolitian area and there are all kinds of groups for everyone. Join the DFW homeschoolers unschoolers yahoo list and put a post out there to see where some groups are that you would be interested in and see about moving closer to there. I htink that there is a PLano unschoolers group. I know THEA in Ft. Worth(and northern Ft. Worth subburbs) is not Christian there may be Christians that are in the group. THere are choices.

Sarah in Tx.
post #40 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by ManiacMama
No, no, that was actually quite helpful. It's one thing to look at a map but another to actually live there and have to drive it.

Does anyone know anything about the atmosphere in the Cedar Hill area? This is another area we are looking at.

Jenny
My husband goes mountain biking in the state park there. WE went camping there years ago also .But that is about 30-45 minutes from where I live so I do not know much about the homeschooling groups there. There is a homeschool store sort of near there with classes ect. Actually the store is in Duncanville. It is called Home Educators resource. There is also a place called Camp el har or somehting like that. I do not know really anyting about it except that they have classes for homeschoolers I keep seeing it on an e-list I am on and I think it is in that area of the metroplex. It is worth a web search. which I should really be doing before I post this but oh well I am running late. I hope that helps some

Sara in Tx.
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