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October 09, 2007

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Cathy

Missy -- When my daughter was 6 we noticed that she was also loud and we thought we noticed that she didn't respond to us when her back was turned. We took her to an audiologist and she was put in an isolated room and her hearing was tested. Her twin and I stood outside the door watching. We could see the tester pushing buttons that were presumably created sounds for my daughter to hear with her headphones on. She just sat there smiling and didn't raise her hand once. Her twin turned to me and said, "She's deaf." It turns out that she was, however, they put tubes in her ears and now her hearing is almost normal. Maybe you'll be lucky and the solution will be similar to ours.

As for your comments about impressions of homeschoolers, as a parent of 13 year olds I feel your pain as well. Only now it is not just my frustration with strangers and professionals that look at as cock-eyed when we say the girls are homeschooled. Now, my girls are equally annoyed. Recently, an art instructor said to them, "I feel so sorry for you, you must not have any friends." And, then she followed that with, "So, why does your mom make you homeschool?" and then the final assault, "Your mom needs something better to do." My daughters, by their account, turned and said, "Actually, homeschoolers like us have a lot of friends of all ages, races, and cultures. We probably know more people than you do. And our mom doesn't make us homeschool, we asked if we could, and what could be more important for her than teaching the leaders of the future?"

Kim

Your 13 year old daughters are my new HEROES!

When my 14 year old unschooler son wakes from his peaceful slumber I will share their response with him...he often wonders how other unschoolers retort...

Thanks for the lift and smile!
Kim
www.ourheartcenteredlife.blogspot.com

Cathy

Thanks Kim!

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