1. Kelly says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….I want the list of other things too! This helped so much!

  2. Brita says:

    I wish every mom/parent I knew would read this! Sharing widely this morning. THANK YOU.

  3. Januari says:

    SUCH a valuable and relevant article for me. I grew up in a dysfunctional and unstable family and we moved constantly. I changed schools ALOT and struggled mightily with loneliness, rejection, fear, and self loathing. Your writing leads me to reflect that maybe many of my struggles had more to do with my parent’s issues than with our constant moving.
    I now have 2 kids of my own (ages 14 & 16), and they’ve been raised on a 4th generation family farm where nothing changes. Ever. Even when it desperately needs to. And I see now the challenges that has created.
    My parent’s lives were all about THEM. I’ve made my life all about my kids. Neither is ideal, I see now.
    And thanks to your blog I can see myself more clearly. From when I was a scared little kid lost in the shuffle, to now, a Mom who has lost herself in her kids, through a much more forgiving lens.

  4. olivia says:

    Very much appreciate this post, Beth!

  5. Rachael Schaller says:

    Love this Beth! I get into conversations with parents all the time about this topic as a school psychologist. Such a loaded one and you broke it down so beautifully. One of the things I’ve also observed over the years after working in at least 20 different schools, is that a great teacher could be at a crap school or you could have a crap teacher at a great school. So teacher trumps school overall IME. And there’s definitely no perfect school so if your child can get into with a great teacher, it’s a huge win!

  6. Alison says:

    Thank you for this, Beth. It was a gift to read about your experience with schooling and school choice. I notice so often my OWN fear around what my girls are getting/not getting from the public language immersion school they attend… and they’ve had their own share of challenges and struggles. BIG thumbs up to more play time outside and incentivizing reading – definitely doing that this summer!! Thank you, thank you and much love.

  7. Amelia DelMonte Weiss says:

    Thank you so much for this. Exactly what I needed to hear l, exactly when I needed to hear it!

    Curious to know more about why you’d majorly incentivize reading? I’m all for increasing it as much as I can, but I tend to use modeling more. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on that…
    Many many thanks!

  8. Alissa says:

    I really appreciate this, Beth. Parenting can feel like you’re about to make the wrong choice, or you need to fix a bad decision you already made. My family’s school count will be at 16 by the end of this year – and that’s while staying in one city the whole time – so this post was very comforting!

  9. R says:

    I can’t believe this showed up in my inbox today – the day I was touring a school because I don’t always feel like our homeschooling life is “good enough.” Your post helped me take a deep breath before the tour – and I felt such relief afterward. We are not missing out, nothing is perfectly stable and secure, there is no magic formula. I feel confident moving forward with my kids’ education – but also I know that something needs to change FOR ME. Thanks for this timely and clear-sighted post.

  10. Kristin H says:

    Amen! I counted it up and we’ve had 11 between the two kids all in the same area. Of course that counts preschools. But there’s been a fair share of alternative schooling stuff. Started off as idealism, now just trying to slog through it and get it done without too much pain here in 10th grade! Happy to send them to public school at this point! Thanks for sharing odd of this wisdom!

  11. Debbie says:

    This post showed up in my inbox EXACTLY WHEN IT NEEDED TO! I sent my kids back to public school after burning out from homeschooling and Monday was their first day back. One of my kids had to go to a new school and I’ve been feeling mega guilt about it. I don’t feel as alone anymore and these words are a balm. THANK YOU Beth <3 <3 <3

  12. E. Burke says:

    JUST what I need to read today as my HS is struggling and I want him to go to a new school just to break out of some old habits, and I’m struggling to even FIND a pre-school for my youngest that has open enrollment. I am a product of many different educational styles- faith based pre-school, homeschool, Montessori, public, private college, public university. There is no best fit! Love this perspective. thank you 🙂

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