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    Hello! My husband and I live in a Houston suburb with our 11 and 6 year- old daughters and 2 year-old son. We've lived all over the country, but have been here for almost six years now. We pulled our 6-year old out of public school kindergarten mid-year, and it's been great having her home with us. My older daughter just finished 5th grade, and would be moving on to Jr. High in the fall, but she REALLY wants to homeschool also. It was actually my idea to consider homeschool for both of them, but now that everyone is in agreement, I am SO SCARED!! The school had a little ceremony for the departing 5th graders yesterday, and I felt like all of my doubts really surfaced. She has always been a "good student" - honor roll, gifted and talented program, lots of friends, very involved in extra activities at school, etc. Part of me feels like "don't fix what isn't broken" but then part of me feels like we can do better... There have been many things I don't like about the public school system in general, and this year I finally felt like I need to either do something differently, or stop complaining. I would love any words of wisdom/things to consider, etc. I'm so happy to have found this group!!

    Thanks,
    Leah

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    Welcome Leah!

    It is completely normal to have doubts of whether you're doing the right thing. Those feelings have probably been with you, regarding your kids, every step of the way from their birth and will most likely continue through well into adulthood It's gonna be okay. Embrace the thoughts of doubt only enough to keep you motivated and on top of things, but don't let it get the best of you.

    Always keep focused on what you have accomplished together. So, since you haven't begun yet, give yourself a chance to get started before you begin to doubt yourself.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    Hello!

    We used to be in Texas. The one good thing is that the homeschooling laws are very lax, so you will have lots of flexibility to school as you see best.

    I complete understand the fear, I have felt it too when we pulled our child from school.

    Try not to worry too much. It will take time to figure it out, experiment with things, and find your groove (and for your kids to find their groove too!)

    What are you biggest concerns right now?
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Hello!


    I complete understand the fear, I have felt it too when we pulled our child from school.

    Try not to worry too much. It will take time to figure it out, experiment with things, and find your groove (and for your kids to find their groove too!)

    What are you biggest concerns right now?
    Thank you for the encouragement!! I think my worries for my older daughter are whether we'll be able to maintain the friendships she's had, and whether she'll be lonely. There are lots of homeschool opportunities in our community, but (probably like most places) I don't think we could participate in many of them since I wouldn't feel comfortable signing a statement of faith. I'm also just worried about being able to fit it all in, in general: homeschool, toddler, keeping my house together, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddylilly View Post
    Welcome Leah!

    It is completely normal to have doubts of whether you're doing the right thing. Those feelings have probably been with you, regarding your kids, every step of the way from their birth and will most likely continue through well into adulthood It's gonna be okay. Embrace the thoughts of doubt only enough to keep you motivated and on top of things, but don't let it get the best of you.

    Always keep focused on what you have accomplished together. So, since you haven't begun yet, give yourself a chance to get started before you begin to doubt yourself.
    Thank you! And, even though I've been trying to make this decision and dealing with doubts for months, I have never thought of it that way. That's just part of my parenting journey - you are so right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LalaLeah View Post
    Thank you for the encouragement!! I think my worries for my older daughter are whether we'll be able to maintain the friendships she's had, and whether she'll be lonely. There are lots of homeschool opportunities in our community, but (probably like most places) I don't think we could participate in many of them since I wouldn't feel comfortable signing a statement of faith. I'm also just worried about being able to fit it all in, in general: homeschool, toddler, keeping my house together, etc.

    I think the friendships will take some work, but try to plan time to get together. We moved shorty after, but I am sure others might have some suggestions. Remember that she can participate in lots of after-school activities.

    For a group, Houston is a big enough place (with a NASA facility) that there should be something in the area. Check out this list here:
    https://www.secularhomeschool.com/con...country-state/

    Also we have a discussion group dedicated to Texas:
    https://www.secularhomeschool.com/group/27/

    Good luck!
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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