My draft posts file is getting bigger and
bigger. It’s looking rather fat, just like our cats. Each afternoon, for the past few days, I’ve fed it with another failed post. I’ve wanted to write but can’t seem to find the right words.
topic. Actually, I think Getting Kids to Help with the Chores is my most popular
post ever. It just shows what a big part of life chores are. So many people are
looking for the perfect way to get them all done, with everyone helping, and without any
tears or threats.
blogosphere, by mothers who’d like to unschool more fully… you know, let it
spill over into their parenting. The reason they say they are reluctant to do
this is because they don’t want to end up doing all the chores themselves. They
think that if they give their children a choice, the children will refuse to
work. I wonder if this is what actually happens. Will kids only work if they
are pushed? I know from personal experience that children doing chores, and more
radical unschooling, aren’t mutually exclusive. I’d really like to share a story
about how my kids once hid the chores roster because they didn’t want me to throw it
in the garbage bin. I found that so funny. I wish I could find the right words to tell you
about that properly.
that kids will get immediately to where they want to go, as soon as they step
out into adult life. Unforeseen things can happen. Mistakes will still be made.
God still sends challenges despite the best arranged life. Does anyone have a
perfect life? But I guess some people might expect unschooling to lead to
perfection, especially as I’m always writing about it in such glowing terms.
children all went to university (or was that ‘college’?) at very young ages?
That is so impressive. I couldn’t write a book like that. I haven’t got any similar
amazing success stories to tell. I do
have some amazing stories to tell though, just not ones that sell books. I
wonder if I already have a draft post in my file on this topic.
the other day. (I have done more reading than writing recently.) Will our kids
ask us why we parented and educated them like we did? Will they wish we had been tougher with them? “Why did you unschool us, Mum? How could you have done that
to us…. ?” I interviewed my son Callum the other day for one of my unschooling videos.
He’s 22. (I rather enjoyed talking to him.) I asked him if he thought
unschooling was a good preparation for his adult life. Did he wish some things
had been different? I’d tell you what he said but that might spoil my video! (I’ll
be posting part 1 of From Unschooling to University and Work tomorrow.)
coat? Well, that opportunity arrived this week. A bitterly cold wind has been
blowing for several days. I thought we were going to miss out on winter
completely this year. It appears not. This has been good for coat wearing but
not good for running. Who wants to battle against wild weather while running? I
don’t. But I did. Yes today, just before lunch, I made myself put on my track pants
and run down to the bush tracks for some exercise. It wasn’t too bad once I
started moving. As I ran, I thought about a comment that was left on my last
post, an analogy between running and homeschooling. It’s very apt. I liked it
very much. Anyway, as I was running along, I was thinking about how we need to
push ourselves out of our comfort zones more frequently. Nothing is ever as hard
as it seems once we start moving. The feeling afterwards is so satisfying. And every time we challenge ourselves in this way, we get a little stronger. I might write about that one day…
these stories. I’ll just file them away in the drafts file. let it get a little fatter. Who knows? I might
be able to finish them another time.
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