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This happens every vacation but summer vacation is the worst when everyone has already started to ask "When his summer vacation starts?" Then for the rest of the vacation relatives tell both me and him how deprived he is for not having vacation. I've tried answering always, never, when he turns 18, when he completes 900 hours, when he graduates. I've told them yes because an hour of work is really going to kill him.
I would just say you take breaks throughout the year so while he doesn't get 2 1/2 months straight off in the summer, he gets that much as he needs it. Then ask them to please pass the bean dip.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 13 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
No one has every really asked me because Declan's schooling takes just SOO long they all notice he's locked in the house all day..LOL.. Really on a normal day he's done before 9am so really how doe sit effect the day?
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
I have fellow homeschoolers react the same way here. They all for the most part go with the public school schedule. We go with the rhythms of life. I usually tell them we take off whenever we feel the need, and I think that makes us sound to lax to them. LOL I gave up and just don't explain anymore unless asked specific questions. I just say we school year round and let their mouth gape.
Once again, it isn't something that you have to explain. It is a life decision that has nothing to do with them. Like Heather, I would remind them that he probably gets that much time off all during the year, but then, like Heather, I would ask them to pass the bean dip..hahaha!!!
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We're taking a break in two weeks so DH and I can go up to Canada for a couple of weeks, and then again in July so DH and I can go to IA for a week, and the kids are going to go spend time with grandparents and other relatives for that month (I think they're gone three out of four weeks in July!!). We're starting the "new year" in August, and then will have a very VERY long Thanksgiving break, as baby is arriving at the beginning of November, and of course I need time to reorganize before we go back to doing school... and then Christmas break. Lol... we've got a lot of breaks coming up!
I'm pretty sure we will school year round, however for pre-k, it's not that big of a deal anyway. We learn in the summer still and whatever she wants to pursue we do, but we also spend many, many hours outside. So I consider it vacation because we are not tied down because of cold.
Married 7 years to my wonderful Dh
I guess I'm the opposite here. I think schooling year round is always vacation. When you need to take time off you can take it. *shrugs* I agree with Sherri that it isn't something you have to explain.
Why folks feel they can tell a child he is missing out on something is beyond me! Just keep doing what your doing and let them know that they are not allowed to comment on that subject anymore. And they certainly can't do that around little M.
"I am a midwife. It is not just what I do, it is what I am, and I grow in it."
I feel year round a vacation too. Usually he's the one that wants to do the stuff (except math, but now, he's not only doing what he's suppose to he's doing more. Even if he tells me he doesn't want to do more, he'll sneak away and do more ) Whenever we go to my family's I watch his interest for learning plummet. We stayed away Christmas time too because it's sad and a hassle to get him to enjoy it again. I just didn't want to bother with trying to get him to enjoy it again. Now summers coming and we're being asked when we're coming up and when his summer vacation is, almost in the same breath. Again I don't want to deal with his enjoyment for learning plummeting expectantly right now!
At the same time I want to go see family, him be able to go to there free half day summer camp, the free church camp he loves, summer music night, fireworks, family parties, Renaissance fair and the desperately needed swimming lessons.
But they really aren't fair to him. I don't want him to notice and as he gets older he will. They don't seem to want to understand when he has a meltdown, almost seem to accidentally instigate one, Then as we're dealing with it they add thing like: "He's to old to be doing that", "He wouldn't be able to do that if he was in school", "Why's he doing that". They hold him to a higher standard then they hold his cousin that is five years older then him.
At the same time I know they don't mean to be like this to him. He looks much older then he is, they obviously don't agree with HS or at least year round, but there very supportive of him, HS and everything we do 1000's of miles away I just don't get them. I'm putting together a "year-book" of stuff that he did to send them with his first performance, video he made and a karate tournament or getting his first belt. I think a lot of it is lack of understanding but I don't want them to feel we're doing educational neglect. I already know how my mom feels about the child picking what they learn... NOT pretty... she has no idea Miguel does that.