I know this title sounds like a marketing ploy. And I don’t know how to convince you it isn’t.
But it isn’t. I’m dead serious.
You might have heard that I’m writing an e-book about unschooling. (the heck??) (our neighbor kiddos say this all the time–leaving off the “what”)
And it is giving. me. FITS. Fits, I tell you. Holy cow.
As I said on Facebook a little while ago, I just can’t get the tone right. Parts of it are either apologetic or people-pleasing or sarcastic or snippy. I’m going for warm and engaging and compelling and thought-provoking. Help me, Jesus.
I will tell you what my biggest, greatest fear is. That the wrong people will read my e-book.
Wrong people = people I love who have chosen a different educational path for their offspring (public school, private school, homeschool)
I can’t fully explain why we’ve chosen unschooling without sharing what I don’t love about the other options. Yet some of my favorite people have chosen those options, and I NEVER, EVER want them to think I don’t respect their choice.
So I need them not to read the book.
If that’s YOU, I need you not to read the book. (especially if I really love you)
I know there are people in this world who write things to purposely tick people the heck off, just so they’ll get more attention and sell more copies of their book. (I don’t know how they do it. My skin is tissue-paper thin. And how can they handle all those people hating them??)
I’m so serious about this that I put this disclaimer in the front of the book (which I realize will do no good if you’ve already bought it). So here it is now:
Should You Keep Reading This Book?
Well, I certainly can’t stop you from reading it if you really want to. But this book is not for everyone. I had a specific audience in mind when I wrote it, and if you don’t fit in that group, you may want to quit while we’re still friends.
This Book Is NOT For You If:
–Your child is in school, and you are both happy with how things are going.
–Your child is blooming and thriving academically, emotionally, and socially in a school setting.
–School is positively contributing to a low-stress environment for your entire family.
If that’s you, hooray! Be cool! Stay in school!
This Book IS For You If:
–You and your child are unhappy with school. Maybe even miserable.
–You know your child has great potential, but school seems to be squashing it.
–Your child complains about how boring school is.
–School is cramping your family’s style and causing you more stress than joy.
–You sense that your family is missing out on something.
—You’ve seriously considered homeschooling, but the idea turns you off for some reason(s).
–Your kids aren’t old enough for school yet (or not even born) but you’re thinking ahead and researching your options.
Unschooling intrigues you, but you’ve never met an actual real-life person who unschools. Hi, I’m Marla. Nice to meet you. Read on.
(There. I feel better. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’ve got to get this thing finished.)