I'd like to revisit a post I wrote on my old blog five years ago. My children were quite small, so the dynamic of my life was quite different. I'm busier with much realer adult work these days. However:
All this time at the computer threatens to overwhelm. Life happens more richly away from the computer, and my kids are not here. But my kids do not benefit from my omnipresence. It would be a huge mistake to imply to the children that I should entertain them.
Folks say constantly, "You are homeschooling, I could never do that!" Please understand, every time you say that to a homeschooler they are thinking: Honey, I could never spend that much time with your kids either. That is a little insider tip for you. How do we do it? We keep ourselves occupied in an adult world, partly to give the children space and time to learn how to fill their own world, and partly to keep from drooling and sagging--both mentally and physically. Have you noticed how much homeschooling parents knit? And blog? But knitting and blogging and keeping ourselves occupied with our own passions model that behavior for the kids. It is so obviously true its a cliche: they will do as you do, not as you say.
Part of the work of homeschooling is to appear industriously engaged in the grown world which, we all know through painful trial and error, is nearly impossible to do. Because at the same time, your actual job is to live under house arrest in service to freaks, trolls, fairies, mermaids, Pokemon's, spilled milk, fleas, ticks, and eventually most of the sacred and profound thoughts and emotions ever to fleet across this "ruined cathedral" (to quote Haven Kimmel). As near as I can tell, you may knit or blog in the mean time.
- December (7)
- November (20)
- October (21)
- September (25)
- August (23)
- July (20)
- June (24)
- May (16)
- April (17)
- March (16)
- February (19)
- January (27)
- December (21)
- November (17)
- October (20)
- September (27)
- August (22)
- July (21)
- June (16)
- I spent a month in England with AFS when I was 15,...
- My car died so until we get a replacement (possibl...
- Presenting Dear Tulip, Alpine/Oberhasli extraordi...
- I come to you with Strange Foam.* When you milk in...
- Back to the sweet consistent truth of reality (swe...
- Vacation day six: dark almond salted chocolate for...
- A new goat has joined our flock. Her name is Tulip...
- "chase and label the wrong things"a found poem vac...
- I'd like to revisit a post I wrote on my old blog ...
- Francis Bacon in the year 1625:"Avoid envy, anxio...
- Vacation Day Two I woke early to a slow rolling d...
- My family and I are vacationing in separate places...
- This kid begins orthodontic treatment today. Oh, I...
- Yesterday my son finished another course of game p...
- To quote these kids: "NOH8!"
- Happy Birthday Day Beautiful Girl!
- For the last week I've been negotiating with a loc...
- But Mama, we won't have any raw milk at the beach ...
- April (13)
- March (23)
- February (22)
- January (27)