After Jude was born, I quit my job at the university, but my interest in education only grew stronger. Lucky for me, one of my closest friends was an education major in college, as was her uncle who she was living with at the time. Her aunt had an interest in education as well. All of us had young babies. We'd spend hours talking about the various educational theories and platforms: homeschooling, Montessori, Waldorf, charter and magnet schools, as well as traditional education. I learned so much.
Growing up, three of my aunts made the decision to homeschool their children. My cousins are all a decade or more younger than I am, and at that time homeschooling was totally fringe and countercultural. My aunts got a lot of push back, comments implying their kids would be social freaks. They followed their hearts. I have so much respect for that choice - to follow what you believe is your path for your family, even if it's not a popular or well-accepted choice. (For the record, most of my cousins are now adults and are delightful people to be around! The longitudinal studies are bearing out that the socialization issue is not an issue at all. Homeschooled kids are faring as well or better their non-homeschooled counterparts socially, while reporting a great sense of well-being.)