The Romeikes flooded my news feed multiple times the past few years. Most recently, on March 3, cries for support once again dominated my Facebook timeline and homeschool groups.
Why the concerns for the Romeike family and not for other struggling immigrants? Perhaps because many American homeschoolers see themselves in the Romeikes - they are a white, Christian family with, originally, five children (now seven children).
The Romeikes are an interesting story
Last night I wrote a blog post I'm scared about. It's a blog post talking about religious homeschoolers, and the strangeness of how homeschooling circles are the one place in my life where religion is a big thing people talk about but that I have to be careful about speaking in. And about how so much of the homeschooling infrastructure is based on religious homeschoolers.
And then I take on why I think there should be some oversight of homeschoolers. Yikes. How many scary topics can
Updated 03-07-2014 at 09:38 AM by Christy
...Thinking about this unhappy feedback loop I have going, where I take care of all the details and push and nag the kids, and how I want my kids to grow up as independent beings able to manage their own time, I have decided to take some baby steps in the direction of being a little more hands-off.
These came from commentators to an article I wrote for Yahoo! Shine.
Kids must learn that the world is not a free place.
We can't always do what interests us if we expect to survive life.
Survival interests us all, doesn't it?
Your responsibility as a parent is to limit your children.
I thought it was to help them grow and develop.
In the real world, you can't thrive on fun.
You can't thrive on negativity,
My 5-year-old was bored so I suggested that she transfer the laundry. She went right over and opened the big washer and dryer doors. I saw her struggling to pull out wet jeans and towels, so I walked over. I didn't offer help, but she said, "Don't help me, Mom. Go back to your show."
I had to admire her. She knew I was there to rescue her and she didn't appreciate my lack of confidence.