I am homeschooling my 3 children ages 6, 4 and 1. We live with my inlaws and my MIL works for the school board so as you can imagine homeschooling does not go over well with them. The other day MIL and FIL accosted me in the kitchen to talk about how the kids really need to be in school. My FIL starts off that the reason Elijah throws fits and acts out is because he's bored. Funny, I thought it was because he's 6! He said he needs more activity. I said that he gets more activity that most schooled kids and MIL said that he needs to be around other people more. We have homeschool co-op for 3 hours Monday morning, dance Tuesday afternoon, AWANA (church club) on Wednesday evening, gymnastics Thursday morning, and either museum day or community center meet-up with a different homeschool group on Friday. They also go to Sunday school. We also play with their best friends at least 3 days a week. They certainly do NOT need more activity. But my inlaws seem to truly believe that it is wrong for children to just be with their families all day. They think that my kids spend too much time together and that it is not healthy for me to be the only major influence in their life. This conversation got me thinking that a 100 years ago nobody sent their child away for hours a day. You were with your family most of the time; your friends were your brothers and sisters, maybe some neighbor kids. You helped around the house and did school work but for the most part you were just with your family. People seem to forget how it used to be. Society has bought into the lie that we are not qualified to raise our own children. We should hand them over to governmental schools who will do the job right. It completely blows my mind that people are so brainwashed that they do this without question. And then get offended when I am not willing to do the same.
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2/25/07 at 1:02am