Something shifted in me when my firstborn began eighth grade. Suddenly I found myself at the edge of a cliff, staring wide-eyed like a deer in the headlights while pondering the futures of our children.
If I jumped off the cliff, it meant our family was plunging into the fear-inducing abyss of “homeschooling-through-high school-and-preparing-for-college.” How could I be responsible for such an intimidating undertaking? How could I allow my kids to miss out on all the sparkly opportunities that awaited them at our local, newly-built, state-of-the-art high school? If I blow this, what kind of future will they have? And what did I know about being a homeschool high school teacher/guidance counselor/multi-subject expert/teen opportunity-maker anyway?
We jumped off the cliff together.
Spoiler alert: we all lived. And nobody “missed out” on anything.
In fact, we discovered the opportunities are endless.
Each child chose a different educational path after high school. The first-born earned his B.A. in Business through a distance education program and loves his career. The second got her B.S. degree in Applied Health Science from