We all know the signs we need to watch out for as our children develop and grow. We measure their astronomical heights on the back of the mirror, exchange small jeans for larger ones and pack small boots for the younger siblings. Even though we focus so much on their growth, most of us are not aware of our growth as parents. What happened to us while the children are expanding in a strange way?
Hopefully we will grow up and mature at a rate that is equal to or faster than our children. No, ideally we will no longer grow out of our jeans and sneakers. Well, it seems we have to keep our heads in the game more than ever. We cannot allow the unpredictable moods of hungry children to affect us. It would be the pit if we stagnated during our years of wisdom.
Sometimes it passed me, but I tried to learn about human growth and development in real time a few steps before my children’s growth and development. However, there was one aspect of parenthood that surprised me. When my children started showing interests or strengths in certain areas of the school, I didn’t take these factors into account when planning academic goals or timetables. I had my ideas in my head.
Perhaps it was due to the over-saturation of the internet memes and helpful parenting comments. Or maybe I was just so focused on what I thought, what they should do, and what they should achieve in life and science. But it is likely that I had just gotten used to making all of the academic decisions for them as elementary school students, and I did not stop seeing whether those decisions were suitable for them as individuals. Homeschooling enables us to offer individual training. I forgot about that. This is one of my own indicators of growing up as a parent.
Yes, there are basic things that all children need to know and there are core subjects that we need to learn, but there is also a lot of flexibility in how and when these things happen during a child’s learning career. We can also imagine what additional elements should be added to our learning plan. We can determine the speed at which our children process the essential information and hopefully, with their help, find a child who is ready to face the world after graduating from school. They will still have to develop, mature, learn and grow after they finish home school at the dining table, but all of this will build on the foundations that were poured during their individual training.
Lindsay Banton is a caffeinated mother of three great children. She never expected to go to school, but found that this is a wonderful addition to her lifestyle and would not change the world. In addition to homeschooling, Lindsay works with her husband in the campus ministry at a large Connecticut university. She grew up in Virginia, but settled in New England and learned to love the long winters, cool springs, green summers and beautiful autumn days – and put together a shoe collection that meets all demands. She is currently blogging www.lindsaybanton.com,
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