My husband and I both attended public school. After college, he went on to medical school and I opted out of pursuing graduate school for chemistry in favor of being a stay at home mother. I was working full time from home for SmugMug and the long-term plan was to get an advanced degree and teach high school chemistry.
I excelled in school and while I had a few awful teachers, many were wonderful and their classes were formative.
My husband, on the other hand, had a less positive experience at school. He was teased for being intelligent starting in elementary school. He really chafed at the idea of jumping through hoops and doing busy work of any kind, and he coasted through high school doing the bare minimum. He didn’t really hit his stride academically until he had more autonomy in college.
I hardly knew any homeschoolers growing up and my impression of them was that they were socially awkward. Of course I had a very small dataset and there were plenty of awkward kids in high school also, but that didn’t occur to me then.
In medical school we met our first adults who were homeschooled and they were such awesome people that we couldn’t believe it. I laugh now but I was genuinely shocked at the time.
At around the same time, I was teaching our oldest daughter to read. She had just turned 3 but she already loved books and took off reading very quickly. Math also seemed to come intuitively to her. Before she would normally start kindergarten, she was reading Roald Dahl and doing multiplication.
My husband and I had a decision to make, and I had three key data points to consider:
1) Our daughter was well above kindergarten level.
2) I absolutely loved teaching her and watching the world open up as she learned.
3) Homeschooling could produce well-adjusted, wonderful people.
Knowing we wanted a large family and this was a big decision, I went to a homeschooling convention to test the waters. I was quickly hooked! It’s so much more mainstream than it was when I was growing up. There are tremendous amounts of resources out there and all kinds of people are doing it successfully.
Now I homeschool 3 kids (ages 6, 8, and 11), each at many different levels, all while cuddling a baby and teaching a new 3 year old to read.