Last Tuesday was the first day of school this year for my kids (And they were done by noon)

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Yep, you read that correctly and to be honest most days my kids are done with school by noon, leaving their day free to do things most other kids don’t get a chance to do. We can take them to the Oregon Zoo, O.M.S.I. (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) or any number of parks in the Beaverton / Tigard area.

How are they able to do this?

My family has chosen to home school our children and there isn’t a day that goes by that we regret that decision. Our kids are involved in sports and church activities, so they get plenty of interaction with other children, but they also know how to work with adults, where I find most kids who go to public school haven’t learned.

My kids understand work and everyone of them so far has picked out jobs where they want to work for themselves rather than working for a boss. I didn’t tell them to do that, they decided that on their own. My oldest keeps changing her mind, but either wants to work with animals or children, but either way, she wants to open her own place. My son wants to open a restaurant and my youngest, she is only 5 seems to stick with owning a Veterinarian clinic. (But, we keep telling her she can’t be scared of dogs if she chooses that one.)

So, Monday when we are done at noon, and we are out and about, and someone asks, “Why aren’t you in school?” My kids can answe rproudly, “We are home schooled and we are done for the day already!”


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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Kudos to you and your family for choosing to put your children first.  We have many friends who homeschool and have never met better educated, more responsible children than those who HAVE been homeschooled...they are almost always an impressive bunch. 

Sep 12, 2009 12:01 AM #1
Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Awesome for you Todd for choosing to home school your children. I have a couple of friends who do the same thing, and I think they have the upperhand when it comes to their children's education.

Sep 12, 2009 12:37 AM #2
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Todd, from what I have read you ought to write a book on parenting and maybe life in general. You seem to have it all together and always headed north. I enjoy reading your post and especially about your kids. Good Luck and God Bless. 

I think kids are a reflection on their parents and in my case I sure hope so. I would have loved to home school mine but it just wasn't meant to be, we chose to send them to a christian school where they became much smarter than I will ever be anyway.

Sep 12, 2009 12:39 AM #3
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Great job with your kids Todd! At the end of the day, one way in which Iwill measure my success will be in how I raised my daughter so I've yet to find out how I am doing, but I think we are on the right path.

Sep 12, 2009 01:11 AM #4
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

I'm a big fan of home schooling---and educating parents!  I love the enrichment that can be provided for a home-schooled child. I don't think every household or parent is equipeed to do this, but when you have the desire for it, there are so many wonderful resources and support groups available to help you learn about it and get started. What a sweet family you have!

Sep 12, 2009 01:33 AM #5
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Todd, You have great kids and it really shows! They are getting a well-balanced education without all the other"education" influencing them. Kudos to you and Samantha!

Sep 12, 2009 04:35 AM #6
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV

It's great that we have options in our country!  I think the real lesson here is to protect our freedoms so that we have these options!  Thanks for a great post!

Sep 12, 2009 07:46 AM #7
Lyndon Sommert
Century 21 Platinum Realty - Edmonton, AB

HI Todd,


Thanks for the insight, as a father with children it is always great to know your options.

Sep 12, 2009 12:28 PM #8
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

That's great that home schooling works for you.  I know some kids where home schooling doesn't work, and the parents can't see it.  Do what works, and if it's not working, modify things.  My daughter has been in daycare since 10 weeks old, and at 21 months, she asks, " We go Bye bye?" every morning as she loves going.

Sep 12, 2009 01:48 PM #9
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

The only draw back I've run in to with home schooling is if I decided I don't like the teacher or the teaching methods, I have found it best I not say a word if I don't want a pillow put over my face in the middle of the night.

Todd Clark -

Sep 12, 2009 04:25 PM #10
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Todd --- think it is wonderful that ya'll home school the children --- awesome -- I enjoyed your post, too.

                  Mama  Liz

Sep 13, 2009 07:55 AM #11
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