I have spent some time looking through the questions I have received from all of you and decided it was time to let you know why I haven't been able to answer all of them. A little over a year ago I posted The Divisiveness of Unschoolers. If you haven't read it, please do because it's actually a fairly positive piece. I was pretty petrified to post it. Sure I have had the occasional trolls on my FB page, people who like to pick at me but not fan my page and have nothing positive to say, but I never have had any hate mail. I was afraid I would get some. In fact, I was afraid I'd get a lot.
After constantly receiving emails from people that were frustrated with beginning homeschooling, mostly due to lack of support from people who were trying to give them non-helpful and often very judgmentally minded advice, I decided I needed to publish it because people like that needed to know there are people out there who genuinely would love to support them on their journey. I put those people above the possibility of having to delete mail that I decided I wouldn't read anyway.
A funny thing happened... it has been my most shared blog to date and the blog that garnered some of the most amazing emails from people, comments in person and support for what I write. Had I known that it would have impacted people in such a positive way I would have published it back in 2009/2010 when I first wrote a version of it. To date, I haven't had one person lash out at me for it, knock on wood, and I am grateful for that too.
Back to why I haven't been able to answer all of your questions though... Due to the response I had received from posting it, I decided it was time to start thinking about my next book. I have been wanting to write a homeschooling book but wanted to have enough experience behind me to share with all of you. Now that my oldest is turning sixteen, I feel that I could write quite a tome! After pondering it for a while, I finally settled on the fact that it felt right to me to start it.
The book I am working on is under the working title Intuitive Homeschooling. It's about how I have been homeschooling my four without falling under anyone's particular homeschool labels and how it's not necessary for you to use any labels either. It's about homeschooling according to what is best your your individual child and family dynamic. I can't give you any tentative dates yet but I have gotten enough done to feel comfortable letting you all know what I am working on.
Please do keep the questions and topics coming! This book is for all of you and I will do my best to get all of them answered in there! I love to write and know that you don't make much money publishing books but this is something I want to do to be able to help as many people as I can, whether you agree with my methods or not. As I have said before, this is my community service to all of you.
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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