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March 15, 2006



Please, taking kids around shows them that adults can be rude and discourteous as well as kid -- wait in line at the grocery store or drive in traffic. Learning opportunities abound.

I've never bought into the idea that one must face adversity in order to be able to surmount it. I think by raising smart, rational kids with healthy self-images will be more helpful to them in dealing with bullies in the future than beating them down at school.

School didn't toughen me up as much as my dad did by making me work to prove my point and not cowering in the face of argument -- and mom was the ever present cheerleader to soften the edges. I really don't see how being made fun of in 9th grade helped me, that just made me ashamed, it did nothing to strengthen me.

John Andersen

We have taught Heidi (our 16 year old who has been homeschooled for the past 9 years) discipline by helping her stick to a very ambitious daily schedule.

Currently, she gets up early each weekday to go to the gym with me. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she joins a 7 a.m. walking group of half a dozen 50 something women; talk about learning from adults, and being social.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she takes a Pilates class at 6:15 a.m.

While still at the gym, she reads the morning paper.

From there she's off (next week on Tuesday and Thursday) to her classes at the community college. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she heads home to start working her schedule which includes reading, homework, speech and debate classes at the high school, leading tours at the Oregon historical society, and attending lectures at various places downtown.

By the way, she gets to all of her events on her own riding the bus and light rail.

Could anyone say Heidi is a sheltered 16 year old?

rachel neil

it's nice to read all those comments and homeschooling experience from all of you
I've been homeschooling 2 years now and I ( any my grade 3 daughter ) love it.
when it comes to comments from others that don't understand us, frankly I've lost my patience, they are so tunnel visioned that it doesnt matter what I say and to what website I send them, they are stuck in their views and we'll always be wrong to them!
so stick to your beliefs and your homeschooling ways, let's stick together and use each other for support
and as for those tunnel vision people, why waste our time on them, they won't change!
please check out my new site: www.everythingschooling.com

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