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Old 11-07-2015, 04:21 PM   #11
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Help, I've fallen and can't get up. When my daughter was born I was determined to not have her attend public school. It cost me a fortune(not a small one) to have her go to private school. After that, she went to UCSD. Now she is an adult, a good citizen and more than capable of taking care of herself. My job is done.
This sounds about right.
We got put into private schooling in high school, thank goodness. It was like night and day. Used to drive my mum crazy to pay 40 grand a year in income tax and have to pay out of pocket for schooling too.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:52 PM   #12
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This sounds about right.
We got put into private schooling in high school, thank goodness. It was like night and day. Used to drive my mum crazy to pay 40 grand a year in income tax and have to pay out of pocket for schooling too.

Just tell your mom it was money well spent. Tell her that you might have turned to be a hippie...oh wait. Just kidding.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:53 PM   #13
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Hippie > Thug

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Old 11-07-2015, 08:00 PM   #14
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Being a full time nomad/ bus dweller is a subversive lifestyle, this is not up for debate. You need to make sure you kid see it as a subversive lifestyle before you take them on Mr. Toads wild ride living a subversive lifestyle. I will be the first to say I don't agree with the system and the "American Dream" but I understand it and why I don't want it.

You asked how the kids like it. Do kids like vegetables? Going to the doctors and getting shots? Cleaning their room? What kids like and what they need are two different things.

My folks would take me an my brother and my grandparents (moms folks) on a month long trailer road trip in the summer every year. So I have seen a glimpse of it. As an adult with hindsight I would never take my kids on the road full time. Now that said live in the rig at a trailer park, take them to school and come may leave and roam until august. That sounds fine. If you want them to go to college or a trade school they need to have at least a couple of years in high school so they can relate with others who didn't have such an untethered experience.

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By pulling out the arts, schools *are* creating a nation of drones who can't think or figure something out mechanical for themselves.
So the lady friend also runs some clubs one of them is a gamers club where they play MTG, D&D, board games, and have some video games on the projector. I have gone in to help a couple of times and it is really scary watching some of those kids play first person shooters, the fluidity and ruthlessness they have is just, wow. Not only have we created a nation of unthinking drones we have trained them to be mindless killers.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:25 PM   #15
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We have home schooled our 8 kids from day one! We get complimented on how well our kids behave everywhere we go and people guess they are homeschooled because they behave so well. We were asked "aren't you concerned about there social skills? " I reply "yes! That's WHY we homeschool! " It's not for everyone, but if you can do it then DO IT! I know a lot of employers who prefer homeschool over public education. I find that most people who are against homeschooling don't understand it. It is a huge blessing for the kids to like to learn and actually learn, not just memorize it for a test. Oh, and another thing, traveling with homeschool kids is like one huge field trip! They soak it in like a sponge!
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:21 AM   #16
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We were asked "aren't you concerned about there social skills? " I reply "yes! That's WHY we homeschool! "
This is exactly why I don't trust homeschooling. It's limited to the knowledge, experiences, and mindset of an extremely limited number of people. In public or private K-12 schools a student will (usually) spend time with over 100 educators and (usually) many, many thousands of students. Of course this may be a one-off grammar mistake, but parents who homeschool are limiting their child's potential to what they can provide.

Perhaps it's because I've seen the most homeschooled kids in the deep south, but it seems to me that most parents choose homeschooling so they can filter out anything that goes against their very narrow view of religion. I find that extremely harmful. Children don't have choices when they're presented with one 'truth' and never allowed to question, discover, or grow on their own.

Mind you, the home schooling atmosphere and the style of learning are probably far more engaging to a child than most public schools in the USA. Plus traveling all over as a mobile family would have been wicked fun for me as a kid, but like others have said; what is fun and what is best may not always be the same thing.

And as others mentioned, kids who live on a moving bus may struggle to fit in with peers that don't live on a moving bus. There is a stigma. Kids can be sensitive to being 'different'. Some may embrace it and LOVE it, some may resent it and look back on it with embarrassment.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:54 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. My wife and I are gonna Pursue buying a house and converting a bus over time as a recreational vehicle instead of a full time living vehicle.
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:17 PM   #18
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Sadly, as long as your in debt buying that house, you won't have money to build a bus, or have any time / money to enjoy it.

Good luck living in the rat race.

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School/homeschool ...I don't really care which way you choose. Just so long as they learn enough to survive in the "real world".

I loved learning/I hated school but I survived it.

I ended up working in a Corporate environment for 27 years. I promised myself that I would leave after 5, being there for the money and all. That didn't happen. And all that after being a full timer for a couple of years. I bucked the system for those 27 years and was lucky to be able slip by the "others" and earn enough money to enjoy life now that I'm older.

I love the FT life, coming & going as we pleased, doing whatever you fancy at the time. Meeting new people, going new places. Trying new food, cultures & ways. Everything that goes with being a full timer.

I somehow in my life became a hippie & spent almost all my life being different. But....there's no guarantee that things don't change. It was pure hell when you find yourself having to fit in to the "real world".

If you plan to take your children deep in the woods and far away from civilization their "whole life" then raise them as you feel best.

But remember that at some point in their lives, they get to choose how they want to live. Or even, they find themselves in a situation where they don't get to choose. Please make sure you've prepared them for that.

I think the best any parent can do for a child is to teach them the skills needed to get along, make friends & enjoy life. Cause when all is said & done, it's not how smart or rich I am that matters to me. it's how well did I enjoy the life I had.
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. My wife and I are gonna Pursue buying a house and converting a bus over time as a recreational vehicle instead of a full time living vehicle.

And...run like hell from the crazies on this forum.
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