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August 16, 2010


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*Failure is the path to success. It helps us to touch the sky, teaches us to survive and shows us a specific way.

I've been a long time reader of your blog (though I've been on hiatus for the past few months due to crappy internet). It absolutely made my day when I found your article on the Pioneer Woman blog. I've been doing a lot of research about homeschooling recently, and I am now concrete in the decision that this is what I want to do with my daughter (who just turned 1, I know, I've got time).

Now I just have to convince my husband, who is stuck on the social aspect of public schools. Which, if you ask me, isn't usually a positive experience at such a young age.

I wish you the absolute best of luck homeschooling Q, and can't wait to hear more about your adventures.


correction - there's that ADHD part of my brain kicking in again....

The WHOLE dang village.

If my anxiety-ridden, "think I might have adult adhd" organizational part of my brain worked properly, homeschooling - especially for my slightly hard-of-hearing Girl Child - would be on my radar screen.

As it stands...I need the village. The dang thing.

Well Lesa, at a young age, the thought of putting you know what in your you know what sounds a little, um, you know what :)

I just want to know what made you say you'd never give a blow job...


Yay you! I'm excited to see how it goes! :)

Yes! Are you going to talk about how/why you made this decision? I'm so curious!

I'm not there yet, but homeschooling has certainly made it into a few discussions between my husband and me... we'll see in a few years. I'll be so interested to hear about your experiences.

I admire your enthusiasm & bravery!

Wishing you so much luck and patience and fun times with homeschooling, my friend!

You are amazing.
I never thought I would think that homeschooling was for me but I have to say my son has been so much easier to deal with and we've just had a blast being on school vacation. Makes me think that there are just too many kids per teacher. Very cool, I'll be interested in reading how this goes.

I think that you are brave and awesome for taking on homeschooling along with everything else you do. After following you (your blog) for quite some time, I think you can totally do it, if that is what you made up your mind to do.

This is easily the first ever homeschooling post with blow job in it.

Which makes me think actually, homeschooling parents need more like you on their team.

May I have about 20% of your energy and drive? Pretty please? Please keep us all updated on your homeschooling journey. I would love to hear how it works for you, and what you've learned.

I am big into whatever works for the family. Homeschooling would not work for me, but I am glad you are ready to take on what you think will work best for you. Rock on sister!

I know many happy homeschoolers. I envy their flexibility -- activities during the day, calmer nights, vacations whenever -- and their connection to their children's days. I think the key to happy homeschooling is a structured system of support for the mom. You MUST get breaks! It sounds like you are getting that in place.

My firstborn and I are not cut out for homeschooling together. I could teach the younger two, but not him. No way. But I definitely see the benefits!

Good luck. You are something of a rock star. I wouldn't bet against you.

Wow. Did Quinlan's Catholic School experience scare you into homeschooling? ;-) More power to you, girlfriend!

I had fantasies of homeschooling (for religious reasons) before I had my kids. Then I ditched the religion, and had fantasies of homeschooling (UNschooling, rather) my children when they were itty bitty and I couldn't imagine them leaving the house by themselves every day.

Instead, I found myself a single mom come school-time, and they went public school all the way.

I will enjoy cheering you on in your journey! Best of luck & patience!

I've been contemplating homeschooling myself...but I'm skeered that I won't be able to manage it. And I only have two kids. Homeschooling takes so much dedication on the part of the parent. I admire anyone who can make it work.

No, seriously. What ARE you putting in your Wheaties? (Best of luck as you start this new journey!)

I homeschooled our oldest for a year.

I will never never never ever ever do it again. Ever.

I will sell my organs and hire tutors first.

I wish you the best of luck, I hope it is wildly successful, and totally awesome, and that your children are nothing like him. :D

Lesson plans? Really? Maybe homeschooling is different in the US to the UK. Also, mine were older when we started on this journey (12 yrs old) so I gave them the week's suggested workload and left them to get on with it. We only planned for 4 exam courses (English Language, Maths, any Science, and one other of their choice) plus they needed to be computer literate (no problem there). The rest of the time was theirs to follow their whims. One got hooked on earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The other one dabbled in Latin and Ancient Civilisations.

Anyway, good luck. My two had a blast. They are now at college (equivalent to your last two years at high school), mixing with their peers and having a list of friends as long as your arm. Both were badly bullied at primary (elementary?) school. Both were considered to be reasonably bright with a few quirks but NO learning disabilities. I soon found out that they were both dyslexic and dyspraxic, with borderline Aspergers tendancies.

They both agree that coming out of school was the best thing for them and if they had their lives again they would never have gone to school in the first place.

Wow! You are a total BAMF if you can pull this off. : )

I guess that just goes to show, we all know EXACTLY how we're going to raise our kids until we actually have them!

I say that with a big smile, of course, having eaten my own words plenty of times over the last three years. Good for you for making an informed decision and going for it. Can't wait to hear all about it!

I often dream of "unschooling" my kids, and then other times I can't imagine not having the resources available at their public school. I might feel different if I didn't have one with special needs. It's still something I'm hopeful to someday maybe do (homeschool/unschooled, that is).

I am certain you will do it with your own way of awesomeness and grace!


Admittedly, my blood runs a little cold at the thought of you homeschooling while juggling three other children plus work commitments (mostly because I can't fathom doing that with one child) but like Julie, I admire your determination!

I have considered home schooling myself. My little one just started kindergarten at a local charter school. I absolutely refues to go the public school route in our area. If the charter doesn't work out we may have to home school.

I would love to hear more about the decision, how you will work with social interactions etc. I am very rural (town of maybe 1.500) & worry about sports, college scholarships etc. as my little boy gets older.

Homeschooling is awesome. You're going to love the freedom. You're going to watch your kids learn and thrive. And some days you'll want to lock yourself in the bathroom and rock back and forth.

What made you decide to homeschool? Couldn't find any post about that on your blog. Curious.

I'm sure you will rock it, girl.

Either you've completely lost your mind, or you are just braver than me.

I do think that a lot more people home school now, because our school system is just messed up. I am sure you'll find a great community.

I wish you tons of luck.

I vowed to NEVER homeschool too. And here I am getting ready to start up our THIRD year. It's crazy and hard and awesome and fun all at the same time!

Today is the first day of the school year for you? Sounds as if you have put a lot of yourself into the thoughts and planning of this big event. Keep up your good works and enjoy your time.


I think you're nuts -- and I say that with affection -- but I admire your determination.

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