I haven’t met many people who keep their kids out of the public school system that have the style or approach that we do. That is good, because there is variety and diversity. By the same token, there is something to be said for being with like-minded people. One can start to question their “way” if no one else is doing it too.
The person I met called our style “gourmet learning” and I really liked the sound of it. He has some great ideas (shaped by writers I haven’t yet read) that resonated with me– and none that I can articulate as well as he did that one day in the park.
Meeting this dad was inspiring, rejuvenating, and even eye-opening. Either way, the thing that stuck with me from the whole experience is how important it is to find that person that inspires, challenges, and agrees with your way of doing things. I didn’t realize this before hand, in fact, didn’t really think I needed anyone’s approval– here’s the thing: I didn’t and don’t. I needed support. The thing I needed was someone to understand and be able to discuss with me the things that my husband is only too busy to discuss. Not because he doesn’t care or isn’t supportive– he is. The details aren’t for him. I respect that.
The most exciting thing I’ve learned since becoming a home schooling mom? The amazing and myriad ways to which families learn, live, and thrive! It’s truly amazing.