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May 25th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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You all probably know that I have a child in PS and one I have started homeschooling. 99% of families homeschool all of their kids. The issue I have is that Bryce doesn't want to be homeschooled, he started in PS and wants to be with his friends at school and win his "awards" (GRRRRRR). But yesterday, I ran into problem #2. His dad. My kids are by two different dads and my ex is NOT going to allow me to homeschoool Bryce without a fight. He is fine with private christian school (sort of, he is an athiest and doesn't want the Christian part, but that he can just get over. He is not going to teach my son to be an athiest!!!). I am not sure what my choices are where this is concerned. But not dealing with it till Bryce is older gives Bryce the chance to get old enough to make the choice to let me homeschool him and then Robert can't say much.

Is there anyone else dealing with this. I feel like I am cheating Bryce!! Although I know it is what he wants and what his dad wants right now and Scotty is not the same kid...I can't help but feel GUILTY!
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May 25th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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I'm not sure about the laws regarding ex's...I *think* (and I could be wrong because I'm guessing) that you legally can't choose a schooling option that the other custodial parent doesn't agree with. You might either have to convince him somehow or wait until your son can make his own decision...at what age is that?

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May 25th, 2007, 02:27 PM
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The age, I think is around 12 or 13. Which is fine. The school Bryce is in is directly across the street from my home. I spend a lot of time there and I know his teachers personally. I know a lot of the kids too. Bryce is very smart and luckily, he is more into academics than drama. FOR NOW. My big problem is middle school. It will be over my dead body that he attends middle or high school in this county! It may just be a matter of private schooling until he is old enough to make the decision to homeschool.

But it still makes me sad. I guess my guilt comes from not being a SAHM for Bryce - Bryce is a product of the system through and through. He is smart, but has so many issues that I just know are my fault for pursuing my career and not staying home and giving him what he needed. Scotty is so different and I really think it is the time and attention I have invested in him. I can't turn back the clock, but now I can't change the future either - thanks to my ex.
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May 25th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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Don't feel guilty. There is nothing you can do at this time so feeling guilty is rather counter-productive. I actually know quite a few families that homeschool some and not others. It's way more common than you might think.

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May 25th, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Back in our former homeschool group, I knew at least three families that did a mix of homeschool and public or private school. There might be more families in similar situations than you realize.
~Jennifer, wife of one, mother of many

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May 25th, 2007, 07:48 PM
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Agreeing here.. we have 3 familie sin the group who do both!
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