My ds is 4, and when I think abt him being gone everyday for most of the day, it feels horrible. I realize I have been counting down the months until I lose him to public school. I've been doing this for a longtime. Now I would never do anything to hold him back from his desires and dreams, but it just seems that our children are so young when they start school, and that is a long time to be away from your family, everyday. Like, the whole set-up of public school goes against my instincts as a mother. Now, no one I know has ever expressed that they are sad their child will be starting school. I feel like I may just being a way overprotective mom. I am not opposed to him doing stuff without me, it just seems like that many hours every single day is just too much for a young child. KWIM? Just wanted to ask the homeschoolers if this was a factor in their decision. Thanks!