Why do parents decide to homeschool their children? Join Michael Farris as he talks about this big decision with one atypical homeschool mom today on Home School Heartbeat.
My guest today is Lisa Whelchel, who's the former star of NBC's hit show, Facts of Life. She's now a homeschooling mom of three delightful children that I've had the pleasure of meeting. Lisa, welcome to the program.
Thanks for inviting me, Mike.
Lisa, I can't say that I know a lot of TV stars who are now homeschooling their kids. What made you decide to switch roles, so to speak, from actress to homeschooling mom?
Well, we finished the last episode of the Facts of Life in March of 1988. I got married in July of 1988, got pregnant in 1989, had a child in '90, '91, and '92. So that pretty much got me out of show business because I had these adorable kids and I didn't want to go back to work. I just wanted to stay home with them and be a full-time wife and mother. Then when my son was ready for kindergarten-I guess I always assumed I would put them in private school, but I lost all the money I made on the Facts of Life (which is a whole other story) and so really that wasn't an option, and of course public school in L.A. was also not an option. And someone mentioned homeschooling and I thought, well, I guess I can't ruin him in kindergarten; I'll give it a try. Gave it a try and absolutely fell in love-not only with homeschooling but with my kids all over again.
Listeners, join us again tomorrow as we talk about Lisa's new book, So You're Thinking About Homeschooling. I'm Mike Farris.
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