As some of you may know I homeschool. I didn't always, but wish I had. I think my two eldest would have really benefited from the one to one education that I can provide at home, just as my two youngest have and are.
My eldest Daughter has been homeschooled for three years and now she has reached her school leaving year she is due to start an art & design course this Friday. I couldn't be more proud of how hard she has worked to get onto a good college course, plus she is doing all I ever wanted to do myself.
Back in the eighties when I was at school I lived for my art lessons and I dreamt of attending the London college of fashion. I would spend hour upon hour locked away in my bedroom surrounded by piles of paper, pens, pencil and paints creating my portfolio for my future college application. It was the one time in my life that I actually felt my Dad was taking an interest in me as I had inherited his creative mind. Dad would spend weekends with me encouraging me to explore my creativity and teaching me to draw.
However, Mum didn't share our enthusiasm for the world of art and she refused to let me pursue it as a career. Mum was a bit old fashioned and would say "What kind of job will an art degree get you". Mum later admitted that her decision to end my artist dream was wrong of her but by then it was too late and I rebelled. I gave up at school and become the class clown instead. I was angry that my dreams had been shattered. I don't blame Mum because she was only doing what she thought best and she just assumed best would be the academic route.
So, I am thrilled that one of my kids will be pursuing a career in the arts. My youngest Daughter (age 12) has dreams of becoming a journalist. Miss C is a very keen writer and loves to create her own stories, books and reports so this year we will be concentrating on what it takes to become a good journalist. I will also be encouraging her to start up her own blog, as a platform to improve her writing skills.
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