Parent Hacks admin: Finding a new way
As many of you know by now, I've recently started home schooling my 10 year-old son (hence, yesterday's "mad scientist" photo!). We've been on a rocky path through the school system for the last few years, and it has finally deposited us right where we began...at home.
Time to be humble all over again.
Parenting, for me at least, has been a process of stripping away preconceived notions about who people are, how they grow, and what they need. At each turn, what I thought was simply "right" was more like one of several options. My ideas of nurturing, of communication, of development, of discipline have all had to change to accommodate the needs of my kids.
And now, I'm doing the last thing I ever thought I'd want to or even could do: I'm letting my son learn at home. We're muddling along, finding what's interesting, questioning a lot (including each other), exploring. In theory, it's fun and exciting, but right now, it feels a lot like yet another bumpy transition. For him, for his sister (who's in 1st grade at the neighborhood school) and definitely for me. A good transition, but not an easy one.
If you notice that a few days go by between updates here at Parent Hacks, that's the reason. I expect that as we get settled into our respective routines regular posting will resume, but I just wanted to give you a heads up in the meantime. Thank you as always for being the remarkable and supportive people you are.