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Why Homeschool?

Some people just don't get it. They don't get why someone would want to homeschool their children, go against the norm, or how they could possibly do an effective job of it. They don't think homeschooled children will be prepared for "real life," college or the work force. They don't think a parent without a "teaching degree" can properly educate a child. They worry that homeschooled kids aren't socialized and/or don't get enough socialization. They think it's weird, they don't understand it, they think all homeschoolers must be a bunch of religious freaks who want to isolate and control their children and shelter them from the big bad public. They think we're crazy, arrogant, stupid, zealots, over-protective, ignorant, or all of the above.

They don't get it.

Some people, at least, are somewhat open minded and curious and genuinely want to know more, want to understand. They ask questions, listen respectfully to your answers, and while, in the end, some of them will understand and/or agree with your choice and some of them won't, they recognize your right to make that choice, and they are tactful about it. Others are very close minded, and when they question you or speak of your educational philosophy, it's only as a means of criticizing your choices or mocking them, putting you on the defensive or trying to get you to justify yourself so they can try to prove to you why you're wrong. Sometimes, for some odd reason, they seem to take your choice personally. Their minds are made up and nothing you say is going to change it.

Here's the thing:

I am not trying to convert anyone. I don't care how you educate your children. I don't care if they go to public school, private school, are homeschooled, go off to boarding school or what have you. I just don't care. I think that's a personal choice best left to the individual family. I don't think every single person is cut out for homeschooling, and if you find yourself saying, "Oh, I could never do that!" ...you just may be right. And I do acknowledge that some public schooled kids manage to thrive and do well and enjoy their school years. If you were one of them, and if your children are some of them, that's great! Truly! I believe that some children are better off in public school. I understand that some parents don't really feel they have a choice in the matter due to their personal circumstances, and some just never thought about their options, and some don't have the confidence to teach their own. I am not putting any of these parents down. I respect their right to make the decision that is best for them and their family. Yet, somehow, homeschoolers are frequently not offered the same consideration. Despite the fact that in many instances and for many reasons I believe that homeschooling is the best way to go, I'm not going to ask you why you send your kids to public school and try to prove to you that you're screwing your kids up by doing so. I'm not going to ask you to justify yourself to me. I'm not going to make snide queries like: "Aren't you worried about their education? Don't you worry about the socialization they'll get in public school?" even though, sadly, those are often valid questions and concerns. No, I'm going to do my thing and let you do yours because, fortunately, here in America, we each have that right.

Live and let live.

With that said, for the people who truly want to know, who have a genuine interest and curiosity, or who are on the fence about whether they might want to choose homeschooling for their own family, I'm going to tell you why I do it. And for comparison, and a little background, first I'm going to let you know that my oldest daughter (who has special needs) has been in the school system all along and still is, to this day, at age 19- in a special needs school/life skills class. And I'm quite happy with the education she is receiving- I feel it suits her needs (both educational and social) better than I could in her specific case. My younger daughter, who just turned 11, started out in public school following preschool and attended it from K through most of third grade before I decided for a myriad of reasons to pull her out at age 8 and homeschool her instead. And my son who is just about to turn 6, has never been to a preschool or public school in his life.

So, why did I decide to homeschool? Why pull my younger daughter out and never send my son to begin with?

I homeschool because I like my kids and like being around them. Childhood is a fleeting thing and I don't want to miss out on so much of it by sending my kids away for the vast majority of their hours, days, and years. You know that saying, "The days are long, but the years are short?" It's true. You blink and your baby's ready for Kindergarten. Middle school. Graduation. I wanted to experience more of my children's childhood and have more time with them. I also wanted them to be able to experience more of their childhood and not spend so much of it enclosed within four walls rather than having the opportunity to get out in the world and live life. I can't envision ever looking back and thinking wistfully, "Gee, I wish I'd spent less time with my children when they were growing up." But I can definitely envision the opposite.

I homeschool so my husband can have more time with the kids. He works almost every night (his day starts at 1 PM and goes until just about the kids' bedtime). He works every Saturday. By homeschooling them, he gets to spend the mornings with them, gets to spend full Mondays with them (his day off). Sometimes he takes my daughter to work with him and she gets to learn more about his business. It allows them to have more of a connection.

I homeschool because it enables my children to get what I feel is a well-rounded and hands-on education. I am not putting down public school teachers- I feel sorry for public school teachers. They are caught up in so much political and beaurocratic b.s. that they don't really get to do what they are good at or passionate about when it comes to teaching. They have to follow orders and teach to the test. They don't get to choose their curriculum, their pace, any of it. I can mix and match my curriculum to suit my children's needs. I can make it hands on and fun. I can take as long as I want with a given topic or activity and don't have to quit when a bell rings. I don't have to wait for a slower child to catch up, a discipline issue, a school bell. If my kids don't understand something, we can slow it down. If they get it, we can speed it up. If they're really engaged, we can make it last as long as we want to. If it isn't working, we can try something else. It doesn't all have to come out of dry textbooks and get expressed on worksheets and tests- we always incorporate interesting "living books," hands on activities, real life/practical applications, interesting conversations, field trips where applicable. I don't have to teach something or put more importance on it just because it's going to be on a test. I don't have to skip something or put less importance on it just because it's not going to be on a test. I don't have to follow a proscribed timeline. We can follow as many rabbit trails as we like. We actually enjoy learning these days.

I homeschool for the socialization. I know. Usually people worry that homeschooled kids aren't "socialized," but, see, socialization in the true sense is the process by which a person learns the norms, values, behavior and social skills appropriate to being a member of his or her community, and to society in general. It is my contention that a child who has full access to his or her community and to society in general, and the many different people of all ages and backgrounds in it, and to caring parents as role models, as opposed to being shut in a classroom with a large group of same age peers and one adult for the vast part of their days and years just may be the one who is better socialized. Usually when people ask about this issue, though, they aren't really asking about socialization. They're asking about socializing, or social opportunities.

I homeschool for the social opportunities, too. Many public schools these days have "silent lunches," ten to fifteen minute recesses (if any), kids get in trouble for talking in the classroom. And that's in elementary school. We all know what it's like in middle school- scary thought! As homeschoolers, since our days are by nature more teacher intensive (I've currently got a 1:2 ratio rather than a 1:30 ratio and my schedule doesn't have to go according to buzzers and bells) we can finish our schoolwork in a shorter period of time and get it done on a more flexible schedule than if my children had to sit in a classroom all day. Therefore, we have more time and energy and freedom to choose our social opportunities. Thus, at various times, my kids participate or have participated in many different activities, including, but not limited to: Swim lessons, art classes, volunteering, judo classes, teeball, soccer, Montessori camps, Girl Scouts, 4H, guitar lessons, homeschool bowling league, homeschool wilderness club, book clubs, poetry groups, homeschool gym days at the Y, various errands, homeschool day programs at various historical and scientific sites, and more. We are very active in the homeschool group I organize and go on field trips, educational tours, have seasonal picnics and parties, and so on. In all of these things, my kids are around other kids of all different ages (our homeschool group consists of babies through teenagers), parents from a variety of backgrounds, and various instructors/teachers/tour leaders. And, I'm not going to lie- I love how we can do these things on a random Monday morning or Thursday afternoon when there are no lines, no crowds, and we have the place virtually to ourselves. P.S. My kids play with the neighborhood children, too, when they come home from public school. Read more about homeschoolers and "socialization" here:

http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/200156.html

I homeschool because, truthfully, I don't really approve of how academic the earliest school years are nowadays. Kindergarten isn't like what it was when I went to school. My daughter, in kindergarten, was expected to do things that children that age really aren't developmentally ready for- to spend hours and hours sitting still at a desk, to sit quietly and not talk or play, she was constantly losing recess for talking too much, she only got a fifteen minute recess to begin with, she brought home homework at the end of a long day when she was paradoxically tired and had energy to expend- kindergarten used to be so much more pleasant than that. Now it's treated as an academic "preparation" for first grade of all things (and even worse, many preschools are treated as academic "preparation" for kindergarten)- it's ridiculous. In first grade, my daughter got a "demerit" for talking too much in class and came home sobbing, "I don't know what a demerit is, but it's bad!" She got an "F" on her report card in math- in first grade- not because she didn't know the work, but because she had too many incomplete assignments. Some of those assignments were ones she missed due to either illness or family vacation and the teacher would not send the papers home (we might cheat, after all, and do the work for her) and could not find time to let her make them up in class. Others were ones that were incomplete because the instructions would include "draw a picture to show your answer" and my daughter liked to draw elaborate, detailed pictures which didn't leave her with enough time to complete the entire paper before it was time to move on to something else. Hence the "F" and as a result, even though a meeting with the teacher and principal resulted in an apology from the teacher for how things had been handled and an admission that my daughter knew the work and was not behind in math, my daughter got it into her head that she was "bad" at math. What should have been a positive early experience just wasn't, and I felt a lot of regret about that with my daughter, and didn't want it for my son. And although there were things she enjoyed about school and had lovely teachers in second and third grades, she also, like many other kids, felt the stress of the standardized tests they pushed hard enough to cause nervousness and stomach aches. Over a third grade test. I was pretty much just done with all of it and we eventually decided to pull her out. I've never looked back. So far, my only regret is not having done it sooner. At least my son is home right from the beginning and enjoying a more Waldorf-inspired curriculum for his kindergarten year.

I homeschool because I like the freedom it gives us. We don't have to meet a bus twice a day. We don't have to plan our activities and outings around a school schedule (or get "permission" from a school to do something with our own children). We don't have to focus our after-school time on homework (How intrusive that always felt! School 7 hours a day and then it cuts into your family and home and personal time, too, ick!) or studying for tests or shopping for school things or going to school meetings or being in early because "it's a school night." We can do what we want, when we want, where we want, how we want, and we don't have to answer to anybody else on a daily basis. We can plan our vacations around less crowded times of the year. It really does give you an amazing sense of freedom and, believe it or not, that freedom has allowed homeschooling to feel less stressful than public school was for me, as a parent.

I homeschool because so much learning happens outside of a classroom and I hate to think of all the missed chances, all the wasted opportunities, everything that is missed out on when you're stuck in one room all day watching it through a window or not seeing it at all. School for us consists of so many different kinds of things. So many of them consist of just grabbing life by the horns and living it. Taking advantage of our community resources. Getting out and just seeing what's out there. Read more about what a "typical" homeschool day is like here:

http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/175611.html

I homeschool because I can see that it is working. I am my children's mother and I have a vested interest in their lives, education, outcome. I am very familiar with them and care more for them than any over-worked and under-paid teacher ever could. I interact with them regularly and I can see that they are learning, thriving, happy, growing, etc. with my own two eyes. But lest someone think I am just biased (and I admit I probably am), where I live, standardized testing is (unfortunately) a requirement in certain grades. My daughter has scored above average on hers (my son isn't old enough yet). Where I live, maintaining a portfolio and having it evaluated by someone who meets specific criteria is also a requirement. My evaluator has always been very happy with and impressed by my daughter's work. My school district has always accepted our portfolios with a formal acknowlegement that "an appropriate education is being received." I am not claiming that my kids are smarter than everyone else's kids or that our way is the only way that works. But they're smart enough, and it works for us.

I homeschool because I've thoroughly considered my options, did a lot of research on it, read a lot of good things, both statistics and first-hand accounts, about it, sought out other people in my community who do it, made an informed decision on it (which was not made lightly) and then found that it worked for us and that we enjoyed doing it. If I ever feel for any reason that it would be more beneficial to my children to be in school rather than with me, so be it. But right now, that is not the case.

I homeschool because my husband and I have both had some pretty bad experiences in public school. And while there were redeeming moments, we don't feel the pros outweighed the cons. Some of the stories are a little too personal to get into here. But I'd wager we all have stories like them.

I homeschool because I appreciate the fact that my kids get sick less often, don't bring home notes about lice or MRSA, because when I heard that there was a bomb scare at the local elementary school, my kids weren't there, because when you read about severe bullying, abusive teachers, drugs and weapons in schools, and school shootings- my kids aren't there.

I homeschool because I want my children to be independent thinkers who aren't afraid to follow their interests. I don't want to raise cookie cutter automatons who aren't allowed to perform bodily functions without raising their hands and asking permission, who are told exactly what they have to learn and exactly how they have to learn it, who are expected to be just like everybody else, who stop and start on a school bell schedule, whose learning is often one-dimensional and factory style, who are peer dependent. I want kids who like to learn, who retain what they are learning rather than temporarily memorizing it for some test, who can think for themselves, who can trust themselves, who can ask questions, question authority, think and live and learn outside the box. I don't want a one size fits all institutional education for them. I want more for them. And I know there are people who think I'm doing them a disservice because of that, but I just don't agree.

I'm familiar with all of the standard arguments and concerns:

Is it even legal? (Yes, it is).

What qualifies you to teach them if you don't have a degree? (My kids are almost 6 and just-turned 11. If I didn't learn enough in my years of public school to provide them with an elementary education, was public school really all that effective? Am I not capable of picking up a teacher's manual? Staying a step ahead of them in our curriculum? Learning alongside them? Utilizing the many resources available to me, including but not limited to books, libraries, internet, etc? Showing them how to find an answer? Providing them, as a last resort, with outside instruction? Besides, look- while there are good schools and bad schools, good teachers and bad teachers out there, overall, many of our schools are failing. Many of their graduates can't put together a coherent written sentence or forget most of what they "learned." My school district is currently "on warning" for not having improved enough from last year when it comes to their test scores. I just can't believe that I could or would do worse by my children, who I care for deeply. Besides, I've been "teaching" them since they were born, and so far it's been working out just fine.)

They should have an opportunity to learn from other people, not just their mother! It's important to deal with teachers who have different approaches and personalities! (Coaches, senseis, field trip guides, scout leaders, music teachers, other homeschool parents, instructors for various sports and activities, grandparents, neighbors, friends...these all count as "other people," right?)

But what about when they get older? You can't tell me you know enough about X, Y or Z to teach everything to them, they're going to need a specialized professional! (I haven't decided whether I will homeschool through high school. We will see how things go. We will take into consideration what our children want as they get older. What direction they seem to be going in with their interests and talents. But, again, I have no problems with outsourcing if need be. I am not trying to come across as an egotistical know-it-all who can do everything and anything better than anybody else. I'm not. But neither am I stupid, and I know how and where to get help, how to seek out my options. Community college, DVD programs, tutors, online lessons, making use of family and friends who may be more knowledgeable about a subject than I- these are all things that are available to us. We'll work it out. I also trust that my children, as they get older, will begin to know what they want to do with their lives, and when they do, they will be self-motivated to succeed at it, and self-motivation is really the only true motivation there is. Still, I will help them figure out what they need to learn and do to make it happen, and we'll make it happen. With whatever help is necessary. If my daughter wants to go to college, well, I've read of plenty of colleges who welcome, and even recruit, homeschoolers. If she wants to go into business with her dad, there will always be a place for her. If she wants to start her own business, we'll do our best to help her. If she wants to try to apprentice herself to somebody in her field of interest, we'll try to facilitate that. If she wants to go to a vocational school, marry young and become a homemaker who homeschools her own kids, take an entry level job somewhere- whatever it is- I will support it. If it seems it will be best served by returning to school at some point, they'll return to school. Mostly, I just want my children to be happy.)

If she doesn't follow a schedule now and learn that life can't always be what you want it to be, if she doesn't do all the things most other kids do, if she doesn't have responsibility, what's she going to do when she gets older? Tell her boss she doesn't want to do X job? How will she make it in the real world?! Or some variation on this theme. (Some of our things are scheduled. We have regular activities that often involve alarm clocks and being somewhere on time. Some of the schoolwork and chores I give her aren't necessarily things she wants to do. But regardless of all that, age and maturity and self-motivation just naturally bring with them the ability to do these things. A child doesn't have to be treated like a robot or an idiot for 12 or 13 years to know how to function at a college or a job...really....they don't. And as for functioning in "the real world," well, that's what homeschooled kids ARE doing. They're IN the real world, not in an institutional setting experiencing year after year of "preparing" for the real world.)

But how will you know if they're behind? Learning what they're supposed to? (Behind who? The public school kids in my overall failing school district? Behind what? Supposed to what? They might be learning about colonial times while the others are learning about ancient times and vice versa? So what? I already said I can see that they're learning and that we enjoy the opportunity to do things on our own timeline and in our own way, so I just can't be concerned with whether they are learning the exact same thing at the exact same time as Mrs. Smith's fifth grade class).

How will they learn to deal with people if they don't have to deal with schoolyard bullies growing up? (Actually, sometimes they do deal with a bit of bullying. As I've said, they play with regular old kids in the neighborhood all the time after school hours and on weekends and over the summer. Still, I would never purposely subject them to it, I absolutely WOULD make every effort to prevent it, and this argument amazes me every time I hear it. Once you are all grown up, you can deal with office bullies in a variety of ways. You can stand up to them, you can go to human resources or a supervisor, you can choose to ignore them, you can request a transfer, you can look for employment elsewhere. If it's some other sort of bully, someone who picks a fight with you and/or physically assaults you, you can call the police and press charges. If it's someone with an offensive personality at another place of business, you can take your business elsewhere. But in real life, in real society, bullying is NOT acceptable. It is NOT something we just tolerate. And to imply that the only way a person can know how to handle it is if they were subjected to it as a child is just silly. I don't believe I need to purposely expose my children to bad situations during childhood to teach them what do do about it. I don't need to throw them in front of a speeding car to teach them not to play in traffic. I don't need to set my house on fire to teach them fire safety. I don't need to cut them to teach them to be careful with sharp objects. Believe it or not, they learn these things through conversation, role playing, and ingrained common sense...and as they reach adulthood they will naturally be more mentally and emotionally equipped to handle adult situations).

But don't you think you're controlling your children too much/sheltering them too much/keeping them in a bubble? (Er, no. My children don't spend all of their days in one room. They don't have to raise their hands and ask permission to perform basic bodily functions. They get to go out in the real world, often. They get to make a lot of choices as to what and how they learn. They are encouraged to follow their interests. They are allowed to go to friend's houses and to attend various clubs, camps and activities. They can speak freely, ask questions, express ideas. They can be themselves).

But don't you go a little stir crazy sometimes/lose patience/need time to yourself? (Of course. But they make wine for that. Just kidding. Seriously, there are ways around that. I happen to get up earlier than my kids and I have my coffee and computer time in the morning before they ever get up. Some people stay up late after their kids go to bed and have it then. My kids are old enough to be independent much of the time. So if I ever need a little break or time to myself during the day, I can send them to work on an assignment or to have some free play time or "recess" in the backyard and take care of what I need to take care of. Might this be harder when there are babies and toddlers in the house? Yes. But that stage doesn't last forever. If it's my husband's day off or he hasn't left for work yet and I want to run an errand or something without the kids, I can. Sometimes I get babysitters and go out with my husband or some friends. It just sort of falls into place, and because I'm so active in the homeschool group I organize, I feel like I have plenty of opportunity to chat with other adults, too).

Aren't you doing the public schools a disservice? If you're so dissatisfied with the system, why don't you volunteer, join the PTA, help try to fix it? (Yeah, sorry, just not going there. It is not my job to try to fix what's severely broken and beyond help at my child's expense. I do not want to leave my child in a failing system in the hopes that it will get better when I don't think it will, and I'm not interested in doing so. Call me selfish. But my priority is my child, not the rest of the class/school/district/system. And besides, this is just one issue out of many. We don't want an institutional classroom setting right now regardless of how good or bad a system it is in general).

Come on, admit it, all homeschoolers are religious, conservative, fundamentalist nutcases who wear denim jumpers and have ten thousand children and forbid all of them to even look at anyone outside of their sheltered circle, right? (What can I say. I'm a secular, liberal, tolerant, tattooed, jeans and sneakers wearing, social drinking, creative thinking, sometimes cursing, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, agnostic-leaning-towards-atheist, still-pretty-moral, non-spanking, avid-reading, somewhat protective, sometimes impatient, but always caring mom of three who doesn't get crazy about censoring TV, music, literature and/or friends, and who just happens to enjoy homeschooling and being with her kids.

In other words, I'm just a regular person living a regular life.

Key words: Living life.

:)

P.S. If I were half as awesome as Deborah Markus, I could have said all this much more succinctly and humorously:

http://www.secular-homeschooling.com/001/bitter_homeschooler.html

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(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Twins??
I stumbled into your page & think I may have found my doppleganger! I too am a 38yo (until next Tues and I refuse to rush what's left of my 30's) homeschooling mama with an 11yoD, 8yoS, who's husband is a tattoo artist. We own our studio in Ohio. Our reasons for homeschooling & who we are could be a carbon copy. This has been our 1st year & we LOVE it!! I sorta bounced around with our lessons this year & I'm looking into LoF & Oakmeadow for next year. I'd love to chat with someone so similar, so if your down you can get in touch at cshivey@yahoo.com.
nancextoo
May. 12th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Twins??
Hi! Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment! I'll send you an email! :)
Nance
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Shawn - 40, Husband, Dad, Tattoo Artist, Body Piercer, Business Owner, Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiast, Cook, Mr. Fix-It.

Nance - 40, Wife, Homeschooling Mom, Bookworm, Writer, Field Tripper, List Maker, Planner, Chauffeur, Oak Meadow Enthusiast.

Melissa - 22, Special Needs. Is in a sheltered workshop/life skills day program. Likes music, movies, shopping, and reading.

Alexa - 13, Left public school in March of 2009 and has been home since, happily homeschooling with Oak Meadow and an eclectic mix of other things. Currently in 7th grade. Enjoys reading, arts and crafts, Girl Scouts, Judo, singing and music, doing her nails, and being with friends.

Ben - 8, Has never been to any outside school. Currently doing 2nd grade at home. Enjoys computer, video and board games, silly jokes, soccer, rough-housing, and occasional cuddling and reading.

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We are a relaxed/eclectic, secularly homeschooling, liberal family living in Pennsylvania and thoroughly enjoying Life Without School!

CURRENT CURRICULUM/MATERIALS:

Alexa is using: Oak Meadow 7 World History; Oak Meadow 7 English; Oak Meadow Basic Earth Science; Story of the World Middle Ages; and Teaching Textbooks Math 7.

Ben is using the Oak Meadow 2nd Grade curriculum, Reading Eggs, and doing some workbook type stuff.

I'm a pretty relaxed homeschooler. We do school around life, not life around school. We use mainly a fun, hands on curriculum that isn't overly time consuming and isn't dry or textbookish, and we're always willing to drop it for the time being if something fun, interesting, or educational comes up outside the house. Living is learning!


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The ABCs Of Relaxed Homeschooling

A Perfect Day

Affidavits, Objectives & Samples, Oh My!

A Kindergarten Dropout

Homeschooling, A Year Later

Preschool Or Not?

I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

A Day In The Life Of A New Homeschooler

Homeschool Poem

What Does A Homeschooler Do Every Day?

What Does A Homeschooler Do Every Day Part 2

What About Socialization?

Why Homeschool?!

Dear Judy Molland

What I Really Mean When I Say I Homeschool


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Funnix Beginning Reading Program Review

Getting Started With Spanish Review

Growing, Growing Strong Review

Insect Lore Negative Review

Life of Fred Math Review

Little Passports Review

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Movie Review: Snowmen

Oak Meadow Review

Sentence Composing For Elementary School Review

Story Of The World Review

Teaching Textbooks Math Review

Times Tales Review

Typing Instructor For Kids Platinum Review


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Alexa's Sixth Grade Book Log, Year 1

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Books Featuring Homeschooled Characters, Titles A-I

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52 Books In 52 Weeks, Mom & Daughter Style, 2011

Homeschooling Quotes & Funnies

Our Fresh Air Fund Experience

Funny Things Alexa Has Said

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My Favorite Links

How I Got Alexa's Eczema Under Control!

My TTC, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage Saga, PART 1

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