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21 June 2012

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Amy Welborn

Thanks! You're exactly right - I have a good friend here who has three kids, ages 8, 11 & 14. They're not an overachieving type of superfamily but they are active in various things. She runs herself ragged the whole school year almost every day of the week, ferrying them to practices and so on and volunteering (God bless her!). They decamp to a family place on a lake in the Northeast during the summer -the entire summer - where she blissfully does nothing, and where, at the end of summer, she starts dreading her return to exhaustion for the nine months of the school year...I think homeschooling would be relaxing for her.

Barbara C.

I always tell people that it's about picking your poison. I would rather struggle getting my kids to do their schoolwork early in the day than struggle with them to do homework late at night at the end of a long, exhausting day. I'd rather deal with my kids all day and have a messier house than have to get up at 7:30 (or earlier) to get people ready for the bus.

Amy F

Yes! I'm only a few years into formal schooling and I'm tired of it already. Our very nice, highly academic, strong-Catholic school has a reading program where kids track their books/minutes read every day and kids who meet a minimum get a medal at the end of the year. My kids read constantly -- I'm not worried about their reading. But filling out that stupid chart makes me crazy. Pretty much all the kids get the medal so we fudge the whole thing so our kids won't cry at the end of the year ceremony. This is ridiculous and I don't want to bother anymore. There are a bunch of reasons why I think we'll be homeschooling in the fall, but Amy W really nailed part of it for me.

Dorian Speed

So right re: everything's exhausting. I like to think I'm in charge of my own exhaustion, thanks to homeschooling.

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