Okay, well, let me go back a little bit. It’s almost a comparison between the school system and our new life after the school system.
While in the system, you have schedules, and you’re getting up in the morning and rushing them out, and doing all of that, and it just tears the family apart in the morning. Everybody’s upset, and rushing around, it’s crazy. The kids are supposed to do these reading assignments and homework, and it’s just crazy. Then you come out of that, and now you’re an Unschooling and a Worldschooling family.
For us, it’s brought us so much closer; we are such a close family. We’ve lived in these small little apartments in Brooklyn, and we’ve lived in an RV two different summers, for months at a time, and we have really great conversations, and we’re just respectful of each other. We have a lot of mutual respect for each other, and we can talk about almost anything, and I mean anything. Crazy stuff that some parents will think, no, you’re supposed to talk about that with your kids! I’m glad, though, I feel like I don’t need to worry that they will do anything behind our backs. They can come to us with anything, and they trust that they can. It’s funny because my husband and I just made a trip to Mexico alone. The kids were here; they are 16 and 18. I can’t tell you how many people said, aren’t you afraid they will have a house party? Or Oh my god, are you kidding me? You’re leaving teenagers at home alone! They just think they’re like normal mainstream teenagers, and they’re just not. When I hear people talk about teenagers, and I don’t have that experience. I don’t know what they’re talking about.
The Unschooling, the Worldschooling experiences, have just brought our family very close together, and I wouldn’t trade anything we’ve done for anything else.