Our family is in it's 4th year of homeschooling, but really this is the first year we are unschooling our son (he is 17 and in his last year of school). Things are going well...I still cringe a little when I see him playing games all day or not doing schooly things (but that's my issue, not his!) Overall, we are moving forward to the future and see lots of bright and beautiful things for him on the horizon. We also have a daughter (age 3) who we adopted a year ago through the foster care system. I already see the benefits of having and more relaxed and free life with her and am so glad we are able to come to this philosophy early in her life.
We are going to be fostering 2 more girls by the end of the year. (ages 3 and 5) We have gotten approval for the youngest to end her time at day care and stay home with us, but DSS has not approved the older girl to end her time in preschool. I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience in this area--living the RU philosophy while still attached to a system (in this case, the foster care system) and still living true to your ideals, but also still being able to provide a loving home and advocating for the children in your care.
The current issue that we are facing is the sleep issue--wanting to allow the children the freedom to sleep when they are tired, yet realizing if there is one child that must awake at a certain hour, wanting to make sure she gets adequate sleep (especially since there are other "behavior" issues in school already--at least in the eyes of the teacher)
I have quite alot of thoughts going through my head right now, so pardon the rambling... BUT if you do have any thoughts about this issue...please feel free to share!!