What is BTDT?
I was a homeschooled teen. I should explain though, that my upbringing was really different than most of you mamas approach parenting. My parents were very strict, and my mom had a very short temper combined with a real mean streak. It can be difficult to foster an proper learning environment when the student knows she can be spanked for screwing up an project/assignement.
Gosh. I hope my mother never stumbles on my posts. She'd be crushed. She did the best she could, I suppose. They "unschooled," I guess, but there was no label for it then. I was constantly panic stricken by thoughts of falling behind. I suppose I did this to myself -- I don't remember them every commenting, or comparing us to other kids.
Anyway, it is difficult to untangle my feelings about being homeschooled from my feelings about my upbringing in general because it was usually impossible to tell where one ended and the other began. So, take my experience with a grain of salt, and realize that it may not be the norm.
Difficult adjustments? Yes.
- It was hard to be in groups, and still is in many ways, because I always had the feeling that I was lacking some fundamental information about various unspoken social rules.
- I took community college courses to supplement HS from the time I was 14. When I actually went "away" to college at age 18, I was almost a junior, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Choosing a major was hard. All my peers had time to fool around -- not me though, with my nose to the grindstone! But I did extremely well academically.
- I am a much happier adult than I was a child. It has been enlightening to discover how much freedom there is in life. I never knew! I just thought things were the way my family experienced them for everyone. I didn't realize how many choices and how easy going people could be.
Anything to Rebel against? Hmm. Well, yes, but rightfully, I think.
I was homeschooled all through, EXCEPT for 2-5th grade, when I attended a very small church school. (probably where the fear of falling behind was planted.)
What else? Oh -- no, I don't think my parents had any trouble letting me go. I don't believe they were ever very attached to me in the first place though. That sounds worse than it was -- I was an independent and old soul -- born competent. They knew I'd be okay.