First published in Education Otherwise newsletter, Summer 2012
I would like to share with you our first step down the exciting yet challenging road of home education. My first tentative footstep landed after a number of well-meaning but revealing enquiries by friends, family and acquaintances. My son is not yet two, yet I have been asked more times than I can remember whether and/or when he is going to day-nursery or pre-school.
Following my instinct
Feeling this pressure to conform caused me to seriously consider my son’s future. Packing him off to nursery at such a tender age just didn’t feel right. Having already made the decision to be a stay-at-home Mum, to full-term breastfeed, to bed-share, baby-wear, etc, many practices already against the grain, making the decision to home educate my son came easily, but far from lightly. Following my mothering instinct has helped me build a content life for my family, one where my son is securely attached and is discovering who he is. To break this flow by sending him to nursery is not something I feel I can do.