Jennifer Miller, Educational Consultant, Alternative Education Expert, Writer
I've homeschooled my kids from the beginning as well. I have four teens now, two on to university work (17 & 19)and two that I'm still working with (13 & 15). What you're experiencing is completely normal and to be encouraged. Teens begin to flap their wings, it's part of the natural process of growing up and moving towards independence. The end game is to equip our kids to "do life" on their own and not have to hold their hands forever.
Communicate with your son. Encourage his test flights. Work to find other teachers and mentors for him who will spur him forward and cause him to reach higher through their inspiration. Mothers will always play a special role in the lives of their adult (or almost!) children, but it shouldn't be a central one! Foster that independence for all you're worth! Become his biggest advocate and cheerleader. Encourage him to take the reins, chart his own course educationally (within whatever reasonable boundaries you have as a family, or the state imposes) and watch him fly!
You're creating an independent man! Good job, Mama!