Things I Don’t Recommend

If you have a kid like mine who thrives on schedules, routine, and familiar surroundings, then here’s a few critical things to know.


Don’t move.

Don’t uproot from one state to another, sell the only house he’s ever known, and leave all his friends behind.

Absolutely don’t stay in an apartment with drug dealers down the hall.

Don’t buy a house that doesn’t have the amazing hide out and play area he fell in love with.

Definitely don’t leave all your stuff in storage for 4 months.   And counting.


Emotional Intensities


“Count to four, mommy!” she screamed at me, as she stormed through the living room.  She plopped down on the chair, hands itching to throw something.  Her feet drummed against the floor and the chair legs, full of restless energy and frustration.

I could have disciplined her for her tone.  Her attitude.  Instead, I asked her to ask politely instead of scream and then helped her count to 4.


The Last Class


I knew this day was coming – in fact, I planned it out and set it up to happen this way.  As I cleaned out the brushes for one last time and scrubbed paint off the sink (not my sink, thank you fellow homeschooler for loaning your house!) I felt sad.  I still feel sad.  The absolute worst thing about moving is pulling up the roots you’ve put down.

For your average family, the roots may look slightly different.  Homeschoolers have the same relationships too, but homeschool roots are special.  Those homeschool roots grow deep, and it really hurts to pull them out of the tight-knight community.


Out Of Reach


You’ve probably already heard about the higher education scam where wealthy parents paid to cheat the system for their kids.  In fact, you’ve probably heard so much about it that you’re both nauseated and bored with the details.   Most people that I know aren’t shocked – this is just proof of what we all knew was happening.

Still, I wanted to peel apart how I’m feeling about it.  And I do that best by writing.