I think a family is an organism all it's own. Each person in a family has a function and purpose to make that family run. So just as each person is different, so will each family be. We all have to find our own paths as people, and together as a family. We all make decisions on what works for our families based on our worldview, how we were brought up, and through trial and error. Every family is therefore different. What works for my family may or may not work for any other family.
I bring these points up because I tend to get aggravated whenever someone says to me, "Oh, I could never do that". In response to something our family does differently than theirs. As homeschoolers I hear it a lot meaning be with their own children all day. I really feel bad when they say this in front of their children (or mine). I have realized it also really bothers me because it sounds very final and negative. You don't know what is around the corner if you haven't ruled out things without trying them you have many more options to consider when things change. And things always change.
We have been a homeschooling family for about 5 years now and I can not begin to explain how wonderful this is for our family. I am so happy I never said oh I can't do that, I did say I have no idea how we are going to do this. There is a big difference there and it can be applied to anything in life. I don't think that the our family does things the "right" way, I think it works for us and when part of it stops working we change that part. We look for as many possibilities as we can find and start trying until we find something that works. That is my wish for other families instead of responding with an I could never how about a "Wow, I never thought to try that"!
CONGRATULATIONS! TODAY IS YOUR DAY. YOU'RE OFF TO GREAT PLACES! YOU'RE OFF AND AWAY!- Dr. Seuss