How would you handle this? I feel so discouraged!
Oh gosh, I'm really unsure of where to even start this post, but here goes:
We live in Indiana - 180 days of instruction, attendance records are the only requirement (as far as I know - I'm new!)
DH and I have full custody of DS - his bio dad gets visitation every Wednesday night (overnight), and every other weekend. We (DH and I) make all decisions as far as education goes, and we decided before DS was old enough to start school that our children (DD is 3 years) will be homeschooled. Bio dad wants weekly progress reports, and expects me to school 5 days a week, for at least 5 hours per day and is constantly comparing DS to other children in the area that are in public school. He also wants to approve any lesson plans I have, curriculum choices and field trips. Sports and activities with other children can't be on Wednesday nights, or on the weekends because he refuses to take him to these, even though he wants him to have some interaction with others his age. It wouldn't be a big deal, but why put my kid in an activity/sport if he can't participate 100%?
On top of this, my Mom works in the public school that DS would be attending if he were enrolled. Any time I mention that I am working on my plans for the next few weeks, or anything homeschool-related, she responds with, "What's going to happen when you have to enroll him in school and you can't because he'll be so behind?" He's a little behind on reading/writing, but I know we can catch him up now that I know where his strenghts and weaknesses are. =) How would you handle this?
Also, DH's Mom has worked in education for years and I can't have a conversation at all with her without her saying, "You are following the common core, aren't you?" or "You have a print out of the Common Core Standards, right?", or "When do you take him in for testing? You need to make sure he's at the appropriate grade level."
I'm so annoyed. DH and I wanted to homeschool because of the freedom it brings, but so far, I'm feeling that I'm never going to feel that freedom. I feel like I have so many people to answer to. What would you do?