My husband and I met in 2000 and have been married since 2004. I am mom to two sons, ages 8 & 6. and step-mom to my husband’s daughter, age 19. Our family home-schools, manages multiple food allergies and Celiac Disease. Our oldest son was officially diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, almonds and dairy at two-and-a-half.
Sometime after his diagnosis, I read a post on an online forum discussing food allergy related bullying. I was completely shocked by the notion that children were being tormented and threatened with their allergens in school. When I brought this up to my husband, he suggested the possibility of homeschooling. At first, I had no interest. In fact my exact words were an emphatic “I don’t want to do that!” Followed by, “Well, maybe if we got into a bad school situation.” We were comfortable in managing DS’s allergens and doing well. I just wanted to be prepared for what we might face..
Fast forward a couple of years to a turbulent Pre-K year, in terms of food allergy management, when DS was additionally diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Our world turned upside down. Our safe snacks and restaurants were now a no-go. I had no idea what to feed my child or our family. My anxiety was through the roof, and I could not imagine sending my son to school full-time in just six short months. Since I was already at home with our boys, the once brushed off suggestion of homeschooling now seemed like the perfect solution for our family.
That fall we began homeschooling for Kindergarten and we are now 3 years in, and loving this new way of life. DS (Dear Son) is happy, healthy and thriving, and we began homeschooling our youngest for Kindergarten this past fall. We are loving the freedom to explore and learn as we live.
I write to share our story of perseverance in the face of struggle. This life we are living is nothing like I envisioned. It has definitely not been easy, but in fully embracing our reality our family is now flourishing. We are following the road less traveled, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thanks for reading!