A Light at the End of the Tunnel
7 years ago my bright and gifted oldest daughter was failing out of 7th grade after being in 3 schools in 3 years and many more before that.
She’d completely lost her love of learning , was angry, defiant, and depressed . Our relationship had deteriorated to the point that my husband wanted to send her to boarding school because he was afraid she would hurt our youngest child.
I pulled her out in the middle of that school year and never looked back. We deschooled and then unschooled through high school where she eventually skipped her senior year and graduated early.
Today she is 18 and thriving in college as a game art and design major.
Yesterday I received this text from her long time mentor and art teacher. I wanted to share to give you all hope that by homeschooling your children and listening to their needs instead of forcing them into a box is exactly what they need to become who they are meant to be.
Keep on keeping on!
“Karen, hats off to you- you are an incredible mom! Your daughter is a gem. She is intelligent, kind, genuine and oh so talented. Take a big breath - you deserve it. You’ve raised a decent human being in which the world needs. That is so important. Thank you.”
These days I am a homeschool coach and gifted advocate supporting mamas all over the world who are raising gifted and 2e kids through private coaching, workshops, my blog and facebook group on unschooling and self directed learning.
2/28/2018 02:39:05 pm
I'm looking into whether to homeschool my 7th grade gifted son. He does well in school as far as "getting his A's" which is important to him (much more than to me!). But he can never "find his people" because as you of course know, gifted kids socialize very differently. Yet my 15 year old daugther, in 9th grade, loves school and would not want to home school. So if he homeschools I'll still have one in school. That "feels" ok to me, but it seems most families are one or the other. I'm exploring and was introduced to your websites, so hello and thank you for sharing your journey.
3/3/2018 01:01:10 pm
Thank you for sharing Jennifer! I think especially with older kids that lots of families have some in school and some at home. You have to do what is best for everyone and if your daughter loves school than it will work out just fine:)
11/25/2022 11:31:38 pm
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