So, here I am with my first post blogging about my life as an unschooling dad. This blog has been a long time coming as I realize there are a lot of fathers out there that have the same questions, concerns, and "fears" about the unknown when it comes to unschooling and all that comes with it. I am certainly no expert on the matter, but I have come from a place of being insecure in this life choice to knowing with all my being that this was (and is) the most important and best choice Sarah and I have made in our lives.
Sarah and I did not have our first child (Elijah) thinking we would have him at home instead of going to public school like the majority of children who reach "school" age. We were always very career focused, and saw ourselves raising our children in what would be a considered a traditional home environment. This changed quickly as we learned more and more about what was truly important to us and what we thought to be best for him.
From a young age we always felt Elijah was extremely cerebral, but not likely to excel in a controlled classroom environment found in a public school. He is not one to try and show off what he knows to others, even when he might know much more than them on a subject or topic. We knew that he would more than likely slip through the cracks because his inner genius would not be rewarded in a school system, but rather be labeled with any one of the many labels we as a society feel we need to put on children that learn differently from others. We weren't sure initially what we were going to do, or the specifics on the best way to do it, however, we knew we had to really think about where we were headed, and what we wanted for our child and our family.