A little background: I am the mother of a 1 year old and a 3 year old. My husband is away alot for work (has been home about a total of 7 days this past month). He is a cradle catholic that has turned away from the faith the moment he walked out of his parents house. I am a recent revert to the faith that is trying to raise our children to become good Catholic adults (God-willing!). We had marital problems before my conversion (mainly lack of communication, respect, both of us absorbed in ourselves, etc.) and now he despises my conversion. I don’t necessarily have issues with him not liking the fact that I have converted but I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that he has made comments to my 3 year old ex. she likes to say her prayers in front of him and he has told her to go in the other room if she wants to pray, etc. We have had many problems with him and pornography, talking to other women secretly, etc. But, of course, none of this is a real problem in his eyes. I have forgiven him for all of this but I am having a hard time being obedient to someone with such loose morals.
I would like to homeschool my daughters but my husband is dead set against it. According to him, she needs to go to public school because “we pay school taxes”. My heart is telling me that homeschooling is best but I would compromise with Catholic school (knowing that this isn’t even a good place in many instances for teaching the faith) and additional virtue/catechism work at home but Catholic school isn’t an option in his book. He told me that he would divorce me if i didnt send them to public school. Which is his reaction frequently when we disagree. Obviously, I don’t want a divorce and will do everything to avoid that. Does that mean I have to send my kids to public school? I cringe at the thought! Where is the line between obedience and protecting my children and giving them a faithful education in all of this? I have 2 years before I have to really worry about it but I need to do some catching up on vaccinations(or figuing out a way around them) if I send them to school. Thanks for your input! God Bless!