This is a guest post from Elizabeth, who comments here as YesMyKidsAreSocialized. She is the mother to three girls.
We lost our education network in the move. While we were still in Southern California, we had everything we needed for homeschooling the kids — from mentors and teachers all the way to support from local businesses, which offered opportunities during the day for homeschoolers, when other kids are in school. The charter school even gave us approximately $3,000 per kid (that’s $9,000 a year!) to help with paying for all our classes, lessons, books, art supplies, field trips, and more.
Now we’re in Minneapolis. And comparatively, it has nothing. I connected with the people in charge of various homeschooling groups and they’ve told me there isn’t anything like what we had in Southern California. (And of course, the most organized homeschooling groups out here are all religious, and we aren’t religious. I don’t need my kids being taught that earth is only 5,000 years old.)
This is all very depressing. Clearly. Because my oldest kid said she wanted to go to school.
At first, she told me she would give me a chance to get my bearings and find something like we used to have. She mentioned said she might like to do private school for high school. And then the timeline kept getting shorter. Then she was talking about private school for middle school. And suddenly, instead of waiting through the summer to start school in 5th grade, she just wants to go “right now.”
Even though there’s only a few weeks left in the school year, I said okay anyway. Because she is in charge of her education.
But then I cried. Which is something I don’t do very often, maybe three times a year at the most. I was just so sad about all the changes — packing up our old place, then living in corporate housing, and finally moving to a house. And now my oldest kid did not want to wait to see what I can do.
On one hand I feel like a failure because I couldn’t keep it together. On the other hand, I feel very much like a success because she was able to transition so seamlessly. Even with the gaps in her education, she is thriving there.