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We've all read the stories about the college graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt who is employed as a barista and barely making their minimum payments. It can make you question the cultural myth that everyone must go to college at 18 to have a shot at a good life.

Or perhaps, you have a child with no interest in spending four years and thousands of dollars doing something to which they are indifferent. Maybe we should step back and provide our young adults with unbiased, feasible options to college instead of merely lamenting it as a horrible decision. 

Maybe it’s parental bragging rights, or perhaps the college entrance rat race, but somehow our society has become so focused on making our children “college ready” that we’ve forgotten how to prepare them to live a good life.

Without question, we all agree there are academic skills they need to know for their future, but most of us live our lives never knowing if the person next to us took AP Chemistry. It just doesn’t matter. 

Attending college has become a central canon of America society. Everyone is told to attend, for a myriad of unrelated reasons, yet the actual costs are not thoughtfully discussed.

We hear over and over again how college is an investment, and never a bad one. 

My purpose with this article is not to convince you college is a terrible investment! But as with all investments, there are risks. Also, as with all investments, it's up to the investor to determine if the risk and potential return are consistent. 

There’s no reason your homeschooled high school teenagers can’t enjoy a prom with their friends. With a bit of planning it will be a huge success that will be enjoyed by teens and parents alike.

In the minds of many, the high school prom is a treasured American tradition. It can be one of the first questions parents are asked when announcing the decision to homeschool through high school: “If you homeschool, how will your child go to prom?”

Make the final year of homeschool a special one with these meaningful gift and activity ideas.

Whether you homeschooled your child from Kindergarten to twelfth grade or only started homeschooling a few years ago, you still want the senior year -- maybe that last year at home -- to be special.

Nothing really prepared me for the empty house my husband and I returned to after we helped our youngest move into his dorm a month ago.

Do you ever wonder what it will be like to be done homeschooling?

The question might have crossed my mind a couple of times over the last 15 or 16 years, but I never dwelt on it -- I didn't have time!  My life was crammed with the "side-effects" of homeschooling -- musical instruments, field guides, insect pins, cookbooks, tools of every imaginable kind, shelves of wonderful children's fiction, trips to theatre rehearsals and music lessons, and occasional algebra problems.