Aww, do you want a hug? Ahem... a manly hug, of course.But I would not homeschool my children. I'm still dealing with issues from it today. Yes, in more academic fields, I excelled past my schooled counter parts, but there was much that was delayed and pushed back, leading to various inexperiences and anxieties.
I honestly didn't notice it much until later in life. The fact of the matter is, I grew up in a bubble of my parent's design. An artificial environment. It's really hard to try rewriting yourself but if I want to survive or succeed, I need to undo what was done by homeschooling.
I'm not saying homeschooling is across the board disastrous, but it gives an inordinate amount of power to the parents and my parents spent most of their energy raising a child and not a man.
I don't know. This must be the umpteenth time editing this post. I didn't realize opening this subject up would let out so much emotion and anxiety. I feel it crushing me. I feel like breaking down. What's the deal with me?
Sometimes, I just can't even; I'm just odd.
What a terrible pun.
Seriously, though, if you want someone to talk to about your feelings, you know you've got friends here. Send me a PM if you're not comfortable talking in a public forum. I'm not sure what advice I can offer, but I can at least be there to listen.
But interestingly enough, your experiences with homeschooling - and others that have chimed in (thanks for your input too, guys!) - mirrors the reasons why my wife and I do want to homeschool our children. Both of us attended and graduated from public schools, and after having to deal with the cliques, bullying, ostracization, peer pressures and other abuses - not just at the hands of students but even from teachers - we don't want to subject our children to such a hellacious (am I allowed to use that word?) experience. We both feel that it's not conducive to actually getting an education, and learning the skills that it will take to get ahead in the world.
But we are straying quite a bit off topic, aren't we? So, how about them Brits, wot wot?