The jeans are getting tighter. The scale number is climbing higher. This can only mean
one of two one of three things: 1) I’m pregnant. Sweet, Jesus, no. Please, no. That would be too much for this old lady to handle; 2) My metabolism has completely shut down as menopause has kicked into high gear (highly more likely and probable than number one, don’t ya think?); and 3) ….I forget three….ummm….probably something to do with eating too many calories and not exercising enough, blah, blah, blah….
Anyway, not happy with that number on the scale. Counting calories starts Right Now!
And, in homeschooling news, yes, homeschooling….what this blog is supposed to be about. Well, it’s Spring Break for the older three, which means it’s gonna be a little difficult to wrangle the younger three and motivate them to focus on learning. Heck, it’s hard to motivate me to want to do school today. It’s beautiful outside….not too hot, not too humid (but the mosquitoes are already out here even in the middle of the day). So, yeah torn between getting some school done and trying to enjoy the weather and the big boys being home.
But, as I was preparing to head out of my bedroom for the day to begin molding their little minds and leading them into more knowledge, I began to think how lately I have realized that it’s not only about the reading and writing and arithmetic. Oh, those are all fine ideas…..all necessary for teaching them and preparing them for life after homeschooling. But, as I watch my older ones, I’m beginning to realize that just as important as teaching them the basics, I need to try to teach them some survival skills. They need to learn how to survive in this world. Anyone can learn to read or write if they put their mind to it. But, if they can’t figure out how to save a buck, how to spend their money, how to plan for their future, how to get a job, how to keep a job, how to balance their lives…..well then….I think I have failed to do my job as both a parent and a teacher.
UGH! How have I never realized the importance of this before? Maybe I have. Maybe I have assumed they would get it when the opportunity for showing this understanding presented itself. Wrong. They don’t. Some do….some don’t. It’s an individual thing….just like the book learning. Some care to learn and spend their time and energy learning. Some just want to get by. Some don’t care at all. Some know they have to work hard and that nobody out there in this world cares about their excuses. Professors and employers and landlords and businesses and government agencies will simply expect one to follow the rules, as they should.
My job, is to prepare them to know how to survive out there. Great. Not as easy as it sounds. After all my years as a homeschooling mom, I have finally learned that you can lead a child to knowledge, but you can’t make him think. He/she has to want to learn, want to think, and want to care. I have no real solutions for how to do this because each child presents a whole different mixed bag of personality and capacity than the last child, and each requires an individual amount of effort, time and help. But, I do realize now as I see the older ones beginning to need to function on their own out there in this world that I have much more work to do than I originally thought.
That’s my “food for thought” for today. The good news is it comes with zero calories!