I'm a home educating mum of two boys and two girls. When we started home educating in September 2001 they were aged 8; 5; almost 3; and 4 months. You can work out how old they are now - that'll save me having to update this bit.
All four have had some experience of school, but all chose to return to home education, for different reasons. I'm just glad they did!
We live in the fens in rural Cambridgeshire which presents its own challenges, mostly to do with transportation to anywhere we want to go. And the related fuel costs which prevent us going there.
This blog is about our home educating life but is also about just living with teens and almost-teens. Bless them.
A word about honesty. Everything written in this blog will be true. It's my aim to give an honest account of our home educating life, even the tricky parts. But that does not mean that I'll be including everything that happens to us. There may be some things I don't feel able to share, or things my children aren't happy about me sharing.
I'm irritatingly optimistic. So even when I'm writing about the tricky bits, you can read in an upbeat voice :)
I hesitated to start a blog for ages. It seemed very self-indulgent. Then I realised that's what blogs are like. You don't have to be interested, or to agree. If you don't like what I'm writing about, go find something else.
I write my version of life, as I see it. Or my opinions. That doesn't mean I think I'm always right. Or that my version of life is right for you. Or that I won't change my mind and write a conflicting version at some later date! By all means disagree with me, I enjoy a discussion, but don't get stroppy, OK?
My writing is usually too formal and I don't like that. Blame my academic education. Or my English-ness. I'm working on it!