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Since my first daughter was born, I've considered homeschooling as an option for us. In theory, I think it's the best option but I'm not sure how well we'll do. Right now, my dd is in preschool for 3 3-hr days and we really all are benefiting from this time apart.<br><br>
Am I doomed as a homeschooler?
 

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Well, I think we all have needs for personal space and time. For us, homeschooling is figuring out how to meet those for everyone in the family.
 

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No, if you need those 9 hrs a week (which is not much compared the the 35plus she would get at all day school), you could always get a mothers helper, babysitter etc to take the kids or watch them when you are at home to give you some "me" time.
 

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One thing that I think can be hard for parents to imagine is that it can be totally different to be all day with a seven year old than it is to be all day with a three year old. Preschoolers take a lot more energy to be around.
 

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Trust me, 3 hours 3 days a week is very different than 7 hours 5 days a week.<br><br>
When my son was in full day first grade (for about two months) I missed him so much and felt so disconnected to him. I hadn't really felt that way when he was in preschool (2 mornings a week and then 3 mornings a week).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing that I think can be hard for parents to imagine is that it can be totally different to be all day with a seven year old than it is to be all day with a three year old. Preschoolers take a lot more energy to be around.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, if you need those 9 hrs a week (which is not much compared the the 35plus she would get at all day school), you could always get a mothers helper, babysitter etc to take the kids or watch them when you are at home to give you some "me" time.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing that I think can be hard for parents to imagine is that it can be totally different to be all day with a seven year old than it is to be all day with a three year old. Preschoolers take a lot more energy to be around.</div>
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This is so true. I do have plenty of time to myself during the day, even though my kids are home all day. My children are often off playing or doing their own hing, and don't need contant supervision anymore. That makes a huge difference.<br><br>
BTW, I do enjoy time away from my children also. That just means that I take a dance class in the evenings, I go out with my friends, I go shopping by myself while the kids are at home with their dad. And I trade off babysitting with a fellow HSing mom once a week- one week I'll watch her kids for the afternoon, the next week she'll take care of my kids. That makes a big difference in my sanity.
 

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You know, I was thinking this same thing. Sometimes it's good for me to be apart from the kids because it helps my sanity! Of course, the INsanity comes from trying to keep up with all their public school stuff. I belong to Lifetime Fitness gym ....and for $5.00 per kid per month, they will watch them in the daycare facility for 2 hours each day. I can work out, go to the spa, swim, get a haircut or just read a book! They can get their socialization, some extra run and be crazy time and when we meet back up, we go to lunch at the cafe! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It has really worked well for us when they are off for long vacations and I think it will be even more invaluable for homeschooling!<br><br>
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Morning: Take the kids to daycare at 10am<br>
Afternoon: Take them out at noon, eat lunch at the cafe<br>
Later Afternoon: Go to the pool together and spend 2 hours swimming. After that we can go to the library, a nature walk, the park, science center, children's museum, Zoo, movies, a play, etc etc<br><br>
I think as long as we are busy (but have no expectations of time) then we will do great. My kids need to be DOING because it seems that their bad choices and bad attitudes come from being bored! Of course, they seem to take after their mom.....so at least we are all on the same page.....LOL<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Trust me, 3 hours 3 days a week is very different than 7 hours 5 days a week.<br><br>
When my son was in full day first grade (for about two months) I missed him so much and felt so disconnected to him. I hadn't really felt that way when he was in preschool (2 mornings a week and then 3 mornings a week).</div>
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This is a HUGE concern of mine. The thought of being away from DS <b>ALL</b> day makes me sad. But the thought of being WITH him ALL day makes me crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Where's the middle ground????? I'm searchin', I'm searchin'.....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is so true. I do have plenty of time to myself during the day, even though my kids are home all day. My children are often off playing or doing their own hing, and don't need contant supervision anymore. That makes a huge difference.<br><br>
BTW, I do enjoy time away from my children also. That just means that I take a dance class in the evenings, I go out with my friends, I go shopping by myself while the kids are at home with their dad. And I trade off babysitting with a fellow HSing mom once a week- one week I'll watch her kids for the afternoon, the next week she'll take care of my kids. That makes a big difference in my sanity.</div>
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