When you work at an answering service you get to talk to all kinds of interesting people. This last week, I talked to a new client of ours. She is a homeschool mom. Like that is all that she does. I couldn’t quite figure it out at first. I asked, “you mean, you don’t work at all?” And she doesn’t. She sees her job as training up their kids to be productive members of society.
Noble goal, I guess. I just hadn’t been exposed to many homeschool moms before. Everyone that I know needs two incomes just to squeak by. The nice lady that I was talking to said that they do have to live a bit simpler – no new cars, no debt, etc. but that her husband makes enough for them to live on. What a refreshing thing. To be able to live on one salary and because of that she is able to focus solely on educating her kids.
I asked about how it is dealing with her kids by herself every day. She said that she doesn’t deal with them by herself. She is a part of a co-op that keeps gives kids a chance to socialize with one another and gives parents the opportunity to tap into each others’ expertise or pool their money to hire experts when needed. They also go on a lot of learning field trips so that they can learn a lot of the concepts first hand or “hands on” as she called it.
All in all, it was a very interesting talk. I usually don’t get to talk to clients for quite this long, but she seemed to be enjoying the conversation as much as I was so we kept on talking. I guess when you are around the little ones all day long it is nice to have an adult conversation. Anyhow, she runs a pretty cool website that is designed to help other homeschool moms get the information that they need to be able to give their kids the best possible education. Really cool website, really cool idea, and a really nice lady. If you are into homeschooling, you should check out her site. It is http://www.ourfutureistbd.com and they give some great tips for online homeschooling in Indiana. Let me know what you think!