DEFINING SUCCESS: A HOMESCHOOLING MOTHER’S PERSPECTIVE
This is a guest blog post from Carreen Schroeder
Thanks to a dear friend of mine for sharing with me a debate she had had with one of her sisters, I have had the burning desire to tackle this post.
My friend homeschools her youngest child but her older children all went to public schools. Her sister is a high school science teacher. When my friend mentioned to her that she would take her older children out of school on their birthdays, her sister was aghast, stating that this practice harms the children. They would ‘fall behind’ in school and would never be successful. Hmmm. It really got me thinking about how I used to be as a public school teacher – the paranoia, the stress, the very narrow-minded vision of what constitutes ‘falling behind’ and ‘success’ in the greater scheme of things. Does spending a special day – your child’s birthday – with your child, making her the focus
for that one day, hinder her or does it strengthen her in a multitude of ways? I guess it all boils down to our own personal definition of ‘success’, so here it goes:
“Success”, in the Webster dictionary, has two varying definitions:
the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
the correct or desired result of an attempt
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Carreen Schroeder of New York Adventures in Homeschooling, has been a certified teacher in Ontario and in New York State since 1999, holding an Ms.Ed in Elementary Education, a B.A. in French Language and Literature and a Specialist in Special Education. She has been homeschooling her youngest of three daughters since 2012 and is passionate about assisting homeschooling families with free resources and homeschooling services. Visit Carreen at: