How does someone so passionate about homeschooling begin to court the idea that one of her children may want at some point to go to public school?

I can answer that because my daughter Taylor is strongly considering it as an option for her and I find myself feathers eerily unrifled. I am sad, imagining days without her. Her sense of humor, her little way of being in the world is never boring to watch.

I have absolutely no worries academically. She will rise to whatever goals she sets for herself. I believe this about all children. Sadly too many don't believe they are capable of very much. She will thrive in music, drama, yearbook, journalism, photography, any club she joins. She will be a good witness to her faith.

As we prepare for potential changes that come with public school, I'm more convicted than ever of the silliness of much of their day. I told her she would need to learn to sit in an uncomfortable chair all day while she worked, so we started having her do her work at the dining table. Might seem strange but when you are accustomed to being comfy while you read and work, having to purposely be in a hard wooden seat seems to silly. Better get prepared for the real world! In the real world you buy a desk chair that is best for you. OSHA requires everything ergonomic lest someone suffer permanent back pain, or injury. No real world here.

Stop working when you here the bell. So stop thinking about this and now, think about this. Nothing about the real world here. Unless you are in a prison.

There will be much she gains and the mom in me wants to take the benefits and leave the nonsense but it's a package deal.

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