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Old 07-28-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default The GA Cobb Galeria Homeschool Expo

I think probably 1/3 off the vendors there were marketing some type of child abuse manuals. I'm disgusted because these are supposed to be my homeschool peers. No wonder people think we home-school to hide our child abuse! My oldest and youngest were with me, and I was so proud of how helpful and sweet they were with other kids there, and how my son supported a little girl to 'face her fears' on the treehouse gym...I wanted to shout from the rooftop -Hey! Look here! I don't have to punish my kids and aren't they awesome???
But instead I walked away a bit sad and sick and wondering what I can ever to do help change this for these children?

Yeah, I'm, just venting, but I needed to get this off my chest. This state needs waaaaay more gentle christian mamas.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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We almost went to that but my ils 50th anniversary was today so we had to do dinner etc. We could have stood together and shook our heads at the insanity.
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yeah, I believe it. bleh.
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That makes me sad.
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Stinky! Glad I skipped! I had a pass to go, but didn't feel like taking the fantastic four with me.
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The very first booth upon walking in was a parenting system. 'Gospel based' and from what I could see, very punitive. It seemed like so many places where I wanted to buy something were selling some form of child abuse manual. Even the T-shirt booth was selling ALL of the Pearl books.
I really wanted a tee shirt.
I did get to see Mert and Shannon, and I'm thankful to be in a homeschool group with some others who don't do that sort of thing, (pretty funny that we took turns visiting the tee shirt/ Pearl follower and discussing the evils of TTUAC with him....but he didn't like that.)
I'm glad I was able to go, because my kids had a really good time. I let them go on the rock wall and the treehouse, and I found a good math curriculum for Caden (Right Start) that I don't know if I would have found otherwise, but other than that.....I was sad.
I really feel compelled to share the happiness of gentle parenting with parents who just.don't.know.
I wish ya'll woulda come, though! Would have been nice.
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There are a lot of gentle parents in my town! But having a lot of military families from CA doesn't hurt

I don't really want to go to any homeschooling expos after all the stuff I keep hearing about them
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