Hope was always a VERY shy little girl. When she was a little one we had to force her to talk to people when they spoke to her. If we went to the park she wouldn't play with the other little kids, instead she just quietly followed them from a distance, never speaking a word. Getting her to socialize at all was very tough and a little worrisome. Johnny and I are a pretty quiet, shy couple, so we were wondering if we had damaged her from the get-go. Public school was an obvious choice for us. We were sure it would force her to interact with other kids, talk to teachers (grown-ups!), and be around other personalities for a change.
The second year was a little different. Over the summer Hope had pretty much come out of her shell. We had lots of play dates and summertime fun with other kids. She was excited to get back to school. The initial separation was difficult at first, but we both adjusted pretty quickly. (I have to say, having all day free to work was amazing! I got so much done.) As the school year progressed, Hope's demeanor began to change. The kids seemed to really be getting to her. Her self-esteem seemed to diminish and she was either angry or sad most of the time. She was still excelling academically, but she disliked school in general and it was changing her. Where was this vibrant, interesting little girl we had known? It broke our hearts.
We took the entire summer after First Grade to evaluate our/her situation. Making such a major decision was so tough. I had questions like: What will happen to her social skills? Will I be able to make the time for my business and school ? Am I making a huge mistake? It was scary. The whole first year of home schooling was
different, but that is what makes her so great. She wears what she wants without worry of ridicule, she loves to read and she isn't ashamed, she dances all crazy-like in public and doesn't care a lick about others watching. She lives in this confident, happy bubble that I'm glad to be a little part of. :) xoxo Katie
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