Kathryn, I enjoyed your post below about how homeschooling allows parents to teach children through problems.
On a related note, Reb Bradley has a heartbreaking, wonderful reflection on homeschooling, which will challenge all parents to examine their strategies, techniques, and hearts toward their children.
In the article, he talks about some of the errors homeschooling parents make, including an honest confession of some of his own:
I believe that a primary reason we over-rely on sheltering is because it is easy. It requires no planning or expenditure of energy. It takes minimal immediate brainpower. We simply assess that something might be harmful and say to our children, “No.”
The entire article is worth a read as we try to figure out this parenting thing, before all our kids have gone to college.