• JinxieFox

    by Published on 08-23-2010 08:11 AM
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    My husband and I had done all the “right” things. We waited almost 10 years into our marriage to have a child, allowing a decade to get to know each other and ourselves, to plan for the future and prepare our finances. We planned for an only-child and took the necessary steps to ensure this. When our son was born, we co-slept, breastfed, read to him, and talked to him constantly.

    The breastfeeding and co-sleeping were frowned upon my mother-in-law and others, who gave a variety of reasons for their disapproval. However when it came to these reasons (“He’ll never want to stop breastfeeding or sleep in his own bed”) we proved everybody wrong.

    The decision to homeschool came before the decision to have a child, and it was greeted with similar criticism to the other choices that we have made as parents. This seems inevitable, especially with a public school teacher for a mother-in-law, and siblings who have not been fortunate enough to have a partner to help rear their children. Our friends were mostly supportive, always commenting that if anyone could homeschool, I could.

    If only we could rely on our intelligence, organization skills and determination to get the job done! We are only part of the education equation. Even the best-laid plans and most extensive homeschooling guidebooks can provide only a modicum of assurance if we do not look at the whole picture.

    After our first year (2007-2008) of homeschooling my son, I lamented my failure to turn out a reader. Our house was full of books. ...
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