Sunday, June 26, 2011

Parenting Style and advice...

Do I have parenting advice?  Not really.  I feel you parent how it is comfortable for you.

Lately I've been given A TON of parenting and schooling advice from well meaning pain in the butts.  I enjoy a stimulating conversation about parenting or dealing with specific issues.  I do not enjoy being criticized or told how to parent my children.  My cousin has three children the same ages as mine.  We are totally different in the parenting and discipline department.  It was an emotional and tense conversation.  And while I don't agree with most of the conversation I did come away with one good discipline tip.

 She said with her kids she makes her punishment match the crime.  If her child throws a rock at a car,  she will make her pick up all the rocks in the area for an hour.  If the rocks get finished before the hour is up, then she will pour the rocks back out and tell her to keep going.  Now this seems harsh.  In my view, its less harsh than taking a belt or hand to your child's backside.  Plus it teaches consequences to the action.  A long time ago my son had a really bad habit (which has just started back up) of running up and down the two sets of stairs we have in our house.  He jumps down several stairs at a time and ends up sliding and getting hurt.  For a while I made him walk back up and down the stairs TEN times for every time he ran down the stairs.  He stopped running.

I also learned another lesson.  Check INSIDE blankets before pulling them out of closets.  I pulled a blanket out last night and now have a broke toe and purple foot.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Learning

We will always be a learning/educational family and I will always be a life long learner and educator.

So its not surprising to me that on Sunday night (tonight) my children are learning.  My son is voluntarily doing Science which is his favorite subject.

My daughters are also working on their ABCs.  My youngest will know all her ABCs and counting before Preschool ever starts.

Happy Summer.. Never stop learning.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Changes in the air..

So many changes in the air right now.  Besides the heat wave that is going on here in TN, we have a few changes in the family too.  Next year my homeschooled son will re-enter the public school system for his 6th grade year.  My last baby will enter preschool and my middle child will enter kindergarten.  For the first time all of my children will be away from home for school.

How do I feel about this??

I am not quite sure yet.  This will be a trial run for my son.  If he has a good productive experience, then he will continue.  If not we will return to homeschool.  I think perhaps we both need the break. Now my littlest one is still knee hugging so this will be a sad year for me.  She is my baby.

It leaves me at a loss.  For the past four years, my days have been consumed with lesson planning and acquiring resources to make the best of our homeschool.  Now I don't have that to do.  I have three book cases full of resources that will go unused.  In a way it fills me with sadness.  I only hope that this will prove to be a positive experience.  As long as I refuse to watch the news maybe I can restrain myself from taking him right back out.

So maybe I will change the direction of my blog.  Less focus on schooling since I won't be the primary teacher anymore.  Don't think I won't be doing extra things with them and lots of fun, educational stuff!  Maybe more focus on our beliefs or cooking or reading.  Unsure on that right now.

But just thought I would let those that do read my blog know what is going on.