Re: Homeschooling Mixed Emotions

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Posted by long time exer on February 17, 2012 at 16:39:56

In Reply to: Re: Homeschooling Mixed Emotions posted by Pastor Don on February 16, 2012 at 22:36:38:

I see home schooling as crippling children, socially. I believe it is possible to instill values and that the normal course in life, for a child at a certain age and stage, is to "rebel" or discover their independence and practice making their own decisions. Some of them bad and some of them good, but they learn from the consequences, good or bad.
When I look back at what my kids were like compared to classmates, we never left mainstream and there were times when I was very afraid for them. There were more drugs available than ever, more ways to get in trouble than ever, a smorgasboard of things to get mixed up in that have very negative results. In spite of all this, and in spite of them dabbling in that smorgasboard with a gusto, they survived and they came out the other side and all have great careers and financial security. It looked pretty bleak for some time though. I would imagine that the thing that helped the most was not enabling them when they made the bad decisions. That sure made them mad, but the friends whose parents always bailed them out of bad situations, those kids are on a really bad path these days. Some of their classmates went on to great career paths and stability, but others who were constantly bailed out, became space cases (drug damage) and some wound up in institutions (prisons, etc.)
I appreciate your experience and this topic and would like to talk more about it on Journeys.

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