I was actually part of 3 groups until this one formed!Some of the moms were kind of *weird*
for lack of better word on the other groups that I thought about joining! At the first meeting of a new group, the *lead* mom's son was chasing all the kids with a HUGE branch from a tree! It wasn't a pretty site! Did the kid have any disorders? NOPE, I asked the mother specifically. No other reason given except he just lacked a good *butt beating* according to some of other moms who knew her personally.NO THANKS! I put my *running shoes* on.
Also, I do believe some of them are raising *wild indians* instead of tame ones! hee hee So our discipline style differed! Some of them let their older kids taunt the younger ones! I don't go for that. They brush it off to *kids will be kids*. Yeah right, unless your kid is the one being taunted!
I never had any run ins with that happening to my kids, I just saw a lot of incidences of *lax parental involvement*. Don't get me wrong, older ones do need to learn how to get along with younger ones and visa versa. There just comes a time when the parent might have to intervene.
You know my first year Missy, I homeschooled similar to ps style as far as schedule. I hit it hard through the 9 months or so. Then I realized, it was TOO HOT to do anything else in the summer except school, and I had past up the beautiful days of Spring and Fall. So I said a prayer, and decided that would be my last year doing it like that. I actually like to hit it hard in summer in *spurts*. What I mean is that I look ahead (I already have done it) to see what summer activities are going on at our local teacher supply store and the community. We decide what we're going to do and pencil them in our schedule. We work them in, and continue to hit it hard until we *play* or don't school at all when beautiful Fall weather hits! Then we hit hard again November-February and play at the first hint of Spring. Soooo we don't have summer breaks, we have Fall and Spring breaks! LOL
Missy....remember don't forget the word *home* in homeschooling. Its just a nice place to learn in a relaxed enviroment. It will mercifully adjust to what comes up in life. So take care of yourself first. The children will not get behind. However, when we are structured and like having *everything* accomplished on our list, we can bring our ourself down. I have a tendency to do that! I want everything to be just right and perfect! Life isn't like that:rolleyes: Now let me see if I can just *organize and change that*!! LOL
I remember when I had my 3rd child, I couldn't get well fast enough to keep up with ds#1. The doctor told me, if i didn't get some rest, he was going to put me back in the hospital. I GOT SOME REST
and decided that hsing would still be there when I got better. It WAS! LOL
I remember a saying that I read somewhere that was so encouraging to me my first year *Inch by inch its a cinch, yard by yard its hard*. So measure your success, not by your failures...imho but what you learn from them!