Joys of Homeschooling

I can­not describe the mar­velous con­ver­sa­tions I am priv­i­leged to have with shad­owkatt. They might hap­pen at any time of the day or night, in the car, over din­ner, while watch­ing TV, via LJ or IMs—you name it.

Think­ing back, I can­not recall ever hav­ing these kinds of inter­ac­tions with my par­ents at any age. There was a some­what adver­sar­i­al “me against them” atti­tude which seems to be assumed as nor­mal in Amer­i­can soci­ety (I can­not speak for any oth­er). I did­n’t tell them any­thing I did­n’t have to tell them. I did not seek advice from them, and sel­dom request­ed any kind of help unless I absolute­ly had no oth­er way to deal with a situation—because I’d learned that they would not sup­port me in any but the most basic ways, and they would NEVER sup­port me in any con­flict with an author­i­ty fig­ure of any kind.

I have to cred­it home­school­ing for our close­ness. We have more time to spend with each oth­er. We don’t live by a one-size-fits-none sched­ule dic­tat­ed by some out­side author­i­ty. Katie is acknowl­edged and respect­ed as a worth­while per­son every day of her life, rather than being tossed into a ran­dom group of peo­ple born with­in a year or two of each oth­er who are “man­aged” by peo­ple who nev­er get time to real­ly know the stu­dents as individuals.

This is just one of the many bless­ings in my life. I am very grate­ful for it.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂thank­ful
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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