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From: hsmom23 (
Subject:         I guess i'm fighting desensitization!
Date: June 11, 2006 at 5:14 pm PST

I just came back from a family gathering. One of my relatives told me that I should put my kids in public school because I mentioned my daughter once said after a tv show it would be cool to have a great dad like the character in the program. Though we split 7 years ago, this relative believes my child needs to go to public school so she can be and I quote "desensitized" by being exposed to many children of divorced parents. If she did, she insisted, she wouldn't long for perfect tv fathers. So I countered, seeing friends get dumped doesn't make getting dumped yourself any less painful, knowing marriages often fail doesn't make you any less hopeful yours will be the one that lasts. I went to public school and I wish I had a dad like some of the fictional ones! Yes, we (my daughter and I) know that they are fictional and no we don't live in fantasy or some delusional manner, in case you're wondering.

I argued with her, but then she called me defensive and said that I must not be very secure in my decision to homeschool. It was quite the opposite really. I didn't even bring up my reasons for homeschooling (because I am secure and don't feel a need to justify it),I merely disagreed with her statement that they needed ps to deal with divorce. I kept asking what behavior in my kids she saw in my kids to suggest ps is needed. She said nothing, except that tv comment! UGH!

It's like as a single mother we don't have enough issues to deal with and then some relative feels they need to attack one sentence as if it suddenly has enormous meaning and there is the reason no one should homeschool! I am denying my children the chance to desensitize!

Too bad they weren't with me today- they could've had a lesson in desensitizing themselves to comments like hers. What does she care if I homeschool my kids or not? Who asked for her opinion? Maybe she should raise a child before she tells someone else how to do it.

Ok, that's done, thanks for letting me rant.

I'm so blessed that the rewards for homeschooling are so great that comments like these really do get forgotten. They'll never sway me from what I believe God has laid on my heart. If He wants me to stop, I will, but until then... they can do/say whatever they want.

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