He grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) And we started to feel more confident, but the game kept changing. We no longer lived with his parents, but they were close enough to provide guidance. Though far away, my parents were available daily, via phone, and we put that speaker phone and unlimited long distance to good use!Soon, he grew to be a happy, healthy three year old! Through minor surgery, a bout of RSV and rotovirus requiring ER trips, and getting his head glued back together (he's very proud of his Harry Potter scar today), we managed to protect and nurture this little boy. We were so confident in our abilities that we created another one! (Learned our lesson on that one....they're all different!)
Nearly ten years in, we still look to our parents for guidance and welcome the advice freely offered. We know that we are good parents, but we are better parents because we seek out and listen to the wisdom of our elders. We're far from perfect (so far, that we can't even see the road sign from here), but continually strive to better ourselves.
Why am I telling you this? It's because, if you are a new homeschooler, ASK for help, ACCEPT help, and AVOID self-judgment. You don't have to take everyone's advice to heart, but you never know what sorts of ideas might be tossed out there, or lifelines thrown, if you'll just ask.