We home schooled for seven years. Now six of our kids are in charter or public school -- the oldest in 7th and 8th grades. We're thrilled with 99% of what goes on in the school we're so fortunate to have. But on the other hand, oy-oy-oy-oy-oy. It is a tricky age.
It's our job to meddle in our children's lives. You don't have to be an obnoxious helicopter parent to realize that kids in their early teens are not yet adults. We're not done raising them yet! And kids in home school or Catholic school face many of the same challenges our public school kids do.
The first area of concern is the other kids. We've never had to flat-out forbid our kids to hang around with a particular...READ MORE