Thursday, February 4, 2010

Following Their Own Path

I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for North State Parent Magazine on long term homeschooling families. My own kids have never been to school, and I certainly don't feel like a newbie at the homeschooling scene, but the folks I interviewed are pros- the homeschooling veterans. They've been on this path a lot longer than me, and have seen the process work as their children grew into successful and happy young adults who headed off to college and into the world. I found it interesting to learn how these other families went about Following Their Own Path.

These ladies had so much great stuff to say, I could have written a series of articles much longer than this one if there had been the space in the publication. I love when I get to interview people that I would be glad to chat with over a cup of tea anyway. I also found a lot of inspiration in their words of wisdom and experience.
My own family is very happy with our homeschooling lifestyle, and it's refreshing to hear from other families who have dealt with all the questions and things that come up over the long haul, and to see first hand the results. (Yes, the kids can grow up normal. Yes, they can get into college, etc. etc.) When you go against the grain of what most of your culture is doing, it's nice to see that you're not the only one, and that what you're doing has, in fact, worked before. Plus, it's good info for skeptical relatives.
I hope you'll check it out, and that you enjoy reading about these families as much a I enjoyed writing about them.