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#1 of 3 Old 02-09-2010, 08:10 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, I'm new here.

I’d like to unschool my DD (5yo). But my main problem is this; I have bipolar disorder and some anxiety issues… And sometimes this gives me problems… and we find ourselves in situations and places that are not good for anyone and definitely not a healthy learning environment… BUT, I’m on medications and I am “healthy” most of the time. My DH takes on a lot of responsibility for the kids, the house and everything when I am ill. He has no such issues by the way. But I struggle with the whole unschooling thing and this. I’m so, so, so afraid that someone will use it against me if we choose homeschooling/unschooling. It is very rare in this country, maybe between 200-400 kids in total. So we will have to face narrow-mindedness and comments from family no matter what… But what if they call the CPS… What if... What if...

I guess what I want is to get in contact with other mamas struggling with bipolar, depression, ADD, anxiety etc. and still home/unschool. I would really appreciate if someone would share their perspective and experiences…
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just bumping...

did you try posting this in the hsing forum? You might get more responses there.
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Please don't worry. You are doing fine. Everything with homeschooling in Norway will work out fine.

In Norway they are quite supportive with homeschooling and they don't look for the mistakes you might make but what you reach and have reached (positive evaluations).
Often the communities offer free tutors or funds for hiring tutors (you find unschooling friendly teachers that just could accompany your children's path); if it fits to your educational philosophy, make use of it, then you have time for yourself. In the beginning they will just try to find out what resources they might offer (books, internet, computer...).

You are right, there are not so many homeschoolers out there, but that's because they have good schools. They better have as they are so rich as a country.

And don't worry please. No parent is ever perfect, you could google the term "good enough parenting", if parents are meeting their childrens' needs most of the time, then everything will work out excellent. (Just the fact that you can critically evaluate yourself shows how strong and powerful you are).

Ha det bra!

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