Since the beginning, I’ve worried about what would happen if anyone at work realized that the person in this picture (me in my office):
is actually, much of the time, the person in this picture (me, multi-tasking with baby and computer):
I didn’t tell anyone at work about my home school experiment, assuming people would believe I was (a) crazy; and (b), not serious about my legal career and professional responsibilities. (Yes, I’m working a reduced-time schedule, but for a lawyer that just means fewer days in the office, in return for being available virtually on a more or less full-time, as-needed basis.)
So I was more than excited to come across Kathleen Berchelmann, a pediatrician blogging at ChildrensMD.org (a site created by physician/moms in St. Louis), who explains in a wonderfully articulate way why a busy professional mom might attempt to home school her children.
Kathleen’s reasons struck a chord with me (one example: “Even on a doctor’s salary, private education has become unaffordable, especially for larger families. Which choice would you make: save for college, save for retirement, or pay private school tuition? ”
Even better, she explains in detail how she actually does this while practicing medicine.