I know I haven't been posting much this month. We haven't been doing many structured activities lately and the weather has been nice so we've been outside a lot. Not to mention the dog has chewed up three laptop chargers in about two weeks. All that means I've also been reading more, so be prepared for the reviews to come!
Anyway, back to blogging through the alphabet.
J is for Job.
Most of the time, when people ask what I do, I get the "Oh, so you don't work?" comment. I'm sure many of you other stay-at-home/homeschooling parents can relate. I know how blessed I am to be able to stay home with my children, but I also admire working parents. I worked full-time with one kid, while pregnant, and with two kids. I know how hard it is to find the balance between career and parenting. Sometimes the fact that I no longer have that added pressure makes me feel inadequate. Like my day should be easier because I don't have to wear heels and handle difficult customers before coming home to "deal with the kids" as I so often heard my coworkers describe it. I never felt like I had to "deal" with my kids. I wanted to be home with them, to cuddle with them, and love on them before tucking them into bed. I'll never understand that.
Then a few weeks ago, an older gentlemen asked me a question about where I worked. I told him I don't work, I stay home with with the kids. His response? "Oh you work. I'm sure those boys keep you busy."
I've always known those words to be true, and I shouldn't need validation, but hearing it from someone I hardly know did make me feel better! I do have a job. I might not have the "dual" life of working mom anymore, and I don't regret the decision, but I do wish certain generations would understand that stay-at-home, work-from-home and homeschooling parents DO work. Just in a different way.
K is for Kids
I read an article yesterday about two year old children joining Mensa. While I know there are child geniuses out there and that is all well and good, I can't help but to wonder what will become of these children? Will they always have that stigma of being a child genius? Will they feel pressure to always prove themselves and live up to certain expectations? Will their parents always push them, or will they let them have a childhood?
Even for the "regular" child, I see them being pushed too hard. I try so hard to just let my children...be. I do offer them structured activities, but I love to watch them play, use their imagination, create new games and work out problems on their own. I don't want them to have academic burnout by the time they're ten years old. I want them to learn, but I want it to be out of curiosity, because they want to learn. In the process, I want them to enjoy being kids for as long as possible!