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To Send or Not To Send? That is the question...

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

More than ever before, we are faced with life-and-death decisions every day. And right now, most parents throughout the U.S. are having to make a critical choice with no easy answers.

Do I or Do I not send my child to school this Fall?

In order to answer that question, every parent's core values will be pitted against each other and they may not like which value wins or what it says about them - to themselves, their children, their circles and the world at large.

Healthy Child vs. Need for Income

Healthy Child vs. Need for Rest

Healthy Child vs. Child's Need for Social and/or Physical Outlet

Healthy Child vs. Child's Need for Food/Appropriate Attention/etc

Talk about Pressure! Talk about Handling the Truth!

As a Home-School Veteran and Advocate, many would believe my answer to the above is cut and clear: Do Not Send! However, as a Parent Educator, I have had the privilege to support families in crises and know that there are levels of risk. Instead, I see this as an opportunity to extend empathy and understanding to those who must send their child to school and I invite you to join me. Let's not be a part of the parent-shaming that is taking place and, to be honest, something that homeschooling families dealt with all the time before the pandemic!

If you are here, you have the internal resources (determination, confidence, resilience) as well as external resources (emotional, practical and/or financial support) to choose homeschooling - and I am happy for you. In fact, Home-School Builders exists so that I could support your efforts to build a successful Home-School that sustains your family for years to come. In the meantime, when you have the opportunity to call a parent out for their decision on the question above, I hope you opt to seek them out instead. As a fellow Home-School Builder, you know first-hand that a supported parent is a successful parent.

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