Yesterday I wrote about how I don’t play with the littles very much. I know some moms who drop everything for a supervised art project and they have play-doh making days and they get out the paints whenever anybody asks. I wish I could be like that. I really do. I have every intent.
We have plenty of paints in the house but I am not often in the mood to clean up the mess. I have pounds of purchased play-doh (I could make it from scratch. And have. But then somebody would fight somebody else to stand closest to me while I was mixing it.) but I hate stepping on the tiny crumbly bits that dry and become shrapnel to my heels. We also have a fine collection of found objects that would make a wicked cool sculpture of some sort. But then there’s the gallon of glue, roll of masking tape and scissor mishaps to contend with.
This is a personality flaw and I’m here to own it.
But I have always been good about creating experiences for them. We have the zoo pass and the children’s museum pass. Ella has been to the ballet and has seen a children’s opera. They have ridden roller coasters, flown on an airplane, stayed in a hotel. They have eaten at a restaurant that did not have paper napkins. They have been to eight states. We go to farms, pumpkin patches, butterfly gardens and animal shelters. Both girls have been to preschool and sunday school and Kindermusik.
And then this statement showed up on Pioneer Woman’s blog this morning in the Homeschool section:
I personally believe the 36 to 54 hours students spend in public/private school-related weekly activities is not an adequate way to train children to become adults. That is not to say the children are not being trained elsewhere – by their parents, mentors, or genuine teachers, but I’m convinced it isn’t the socialization in the school setting that prepares students for the real world.
The “real world” prepares students for the real world. (Written by a guest contributor, not by Ree herself.)
I am not a homeschooler. Much like the aversion to messy preschool activities, I would not be good at homeschooling my children. I am behind the concept 100% and if things don’t turn around for Ella this school year it will be a serious soul-searching consideration on my part.
You know how sometimes you just need a “sign” that you are doing okay? That you have made and are making the right decisions? This was my sign.
Some parents are just better at some things than others. We go and do. That’s our thing.
Next winter, I hope to add to that list. I hope to be able to take the train to Texas to visit my brother and his family as well as Stephen’s dad and stepmom at their winter home. I have never been on a train trip and I have always wanted to.
How cool would it be to be one of my littles?
Footnote: I saw Ree of Pioneer Woman fame on the Today show one day last week. She was on for about 2 minutes and was supposed to be cooking something. I have to say that her voice is totally different from how it “reads” in the blog. Much more…feminine? That’s not the right word. But definitely higher pitched than I imagined. That is, of course, my problem and not hers. Oh, the power of imagination and the written word.