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From: Maria (
Subject:         Mile stone she turned 18 and passed her GED
Date: October 22, 2006 at 3:34 pm PST

Hello everyone,

I received an email from someone asking for advice today. We have travelled from Montreal to Alberta where my daughter wanted to live, so we've been a bit out of the loop.

Anyways, I thought I'd share the words of wisdom I passed along.

Dear ____________

I hit a mile stone this week. My daughter turned 18 and took her GED and passed with flying colors and kept being congratulated on doing so well. She sat back and spoke of all the things she missed, friends, school dances, prom. It was very isolating for her.

The question is WHY do you want to homeschool? You can't do it all. If you can make ends meet and you work from home, receive enough child support consistently to pay your overhead and receive government assistance as well as have family and friends supporting you and picking up the ball when you drop it....than you are a good candidate for both homeschooling and having a pet at home.

We homeschooled because I had a gifted child who was caught in the politics of bell curves and funding. The last school she attended had a bomb threat in Florida, and when we moved back to Montreal, the only school she could go to had a waiting list and they wouldn't let her in as we wanted her in an english school.

Before we made the committment, we did home summer school which was transitional. It's too much of a shock for kids and too isolating when they are alone.

Would I have done it differently? Could I have done it differently? Yes, but as we moved a lot, I was self employed, I had done the research over several years, found no other alternative at the time, than I took the challenge. It was harder than the army. It was frustrating, it was lonely, I questioned the wisdom of my decision every day, I felt guilty, I had panic attacks that I was ruining my daughter and I put up a brave front.

I'm 40 now, tired, recovering from parenthood and dealing with the fact that I have to put my mommy hat away and now just be the mentor.

I know it's not what you wanted to hear. It's the truth, it's no honeymoon. But our life did have a calm that the merry-go-round of public school lacked.

I hope I've been helpful.

By the way, you can go to yahoo video for math classes which are very helpful.


P.S. Good Luck!

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