I haven't talked much here about homeschooling our son, Luke*, or about the conditions that brought about our decision to homeschool. Mostly, it's because Parent Hacks isn't exactly a blog about me or my family life. But also, because I just couldn't write about what was going on with any perspective. We were in the middle of it — it being a health crisis, a reevaluation of our values, a course change for our kid's education, more — so much that it felt impossible to write about it in any meaningful way. Looking back I know it would have helped to hear your perspectives as mine slowly came into focus, but at the time it was all I could do to just put one foot in front of the other.
Well, I am proud to say that time of crisis is over. And I've learned so much about parenting, and being open to new ideas, and being humble…in many ways I feel like I did when I emerged from the fog of parenting a newborn. Like, "Ohhh! I get it. It's not what I thought, but it's good."
Once again, I've discovered that following my gut — not the advice from well-meaning experts — was the right path. Not a direct path, but the right path.
If you're interested in hearing more of the story, hop on over to The Pioneer Woman: Homeschooling. Dear friend and fellow homeschooler Kristen Chase (Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Motherhood Uncensored) recently interviewed me, and her questions helped me think about our homeschool experience in ways I never had.
I intend to write more about homeschooling and our experience in general — many of you have asked to hear about it. And while Parent Hacks isn't a "homeschooling" blog (whatever that means), homeschooling is one of the best parent hacks there is.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
* "Luke" and "Mimi" are my kids' Internet names. I keep their actual names out of my writing mainly to hold their search engine spots open. When future employers and love interests Google their names, I want the results to be stuff they've created, not me.
Summer 2011 update: In a stunning turn of events, Luke has decided he wants to return to school for 6th grade. It's an incredibly brave choice, and it's all his. We discussed the pros and cons at length, and he decided that school was the right choice. While I continue to believe that homeschooling is an amazing educational option, we support his desire to jump back into the neighborhood school community. No matter how it goes, he (and we) will learn a lot. I am so proud that he's steering his own education.
Related: Homeschooling: How to start (from 2007, when homeschooling wasn't even a blip on my radar)