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From: Lisa (
Subject:         Re: Feeling trapped
Date: July 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm PST

In Reply to: Feeling trapped posted by Julia on May 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm:

Hi Julia,

Maybe you have come to hate home schooling because you do not feel as if you have a choice or a say in it. Perhaps if it were your choice you may actully be a more willing participant. I only have one daughther that will be a senior next year and I have home schooled her since knidergarten. Over the years there were numerous times that I was burned out and wanted to put her in school, this is a normal reaction all home school moms have at one point or another. The two reasons I did not put her in school were, she loved home schooling and most importantly, it was MY idea to home school her, no one forced me to. I think about the struggles I had over the years with feeling overwhelmed at times and then I think how would I feel if I had been forced to home school. It would have made it 10 times worse, I am sure. Now that we are entering our last year, I am no longer feeling overwhhelmed, or burned out, I now feel sadness because it's almost over. I look back at all the years of ordering curriculum, keeping up with grades, testing and being at home for school hours and I know that I made the right choice for us. Did you notice what I just said...CHOICE, MY CHOICE! It should be your choice to home school or not, because your kids will pick up on your growing resentment to teach them at home, and that in turn will begin to reflect on their learning. How do your kids feel about home schooling, do they want to go to school? It was easy for me because my daughter never wanted to go to a traditional school, so I was not worried if she was happy or not being home schooled, I knew she loved it. One mistake I made over the years is I did not take enough time for myself. If you do not already, try and make yourself a priority. One day a week assign lessons that they can complete on their own and spend the day with a book and a bubble bath with candles, make it your day...I know easier said than done, right? If possible, take a mini vacation all by yourself during the summer to recharge your batteries. I would sit down and talk to your kids and get their opinions and feelings about home schooling, and then have a family meeting, including your husband to discuss the options. I am not sure your reasons for home schooling, but mine were to keep my daughter away from the really bad influences in school. These days kids are exposed to so much more than we were, even in elementary school. If you know which school you would send them to then ask the school if you could spend a day there to check it out, maybe what you see might help change your mind, or make you feel better about wanting to send them to school. Most importantly, sit down as family and discuss this, you know the old saying, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." This is so true. Your happiness counts in this, and your husband needs to be sensitive to your feelings, after all you are the one feeling trapped and unhappy. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully you have already done something to resolve this issue.

Take care,

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