Thursday, August 15, 2013

Staying Connected

We have spent some time the last few weeks talking about homeschooling. We have discussed getting started, schedules and evaluations. One of the main reasons many parents give for wanting to homeschool is to protect their children and to continue to be an integral part of their children's lives and education. It is a proven fact that no one knows your child better than you do as their parent.

As we start this homeschooling journey, we do our research and gather our resources. The world becomes a jungle of knowledge. Wherever you turn, you find a new fruit that just has to be passed on to your child. In the middle of all the knowledge flying to and fro, we sometimes forget to talk and relax with our children. A mom who doubles as a teacher needs to leave the teacher behind and simply become mom for a few hours everyday.

Listen to your child. Do not just hear the words, but notice the emotion too. Many children find it difficult to express exactly what they want. So, talk to your child about general stuff and allow him to be 'just a kid'. When you talk to your child, ask for his opinions. Few things please him more or boost his self-confidence than feeling valued by his parents.

Many parents interrupt when their children talk, I know I have done it. We, as adults, detest it when someone cuts across our lines and sometimes we need to remind ourselves our kids are people too. Kids keep mum because they are forced to be silent when we shut them up. But this is unhealthy and unfair. Allow your child to finish and then express your views in a rational manner. This will help your child have the confidence to confide in you.

Gentle parenting is the key to successful homeschooling. Be a parent first, and then a teacher. 

Take some time to sit down and think about why your began homeschooling or why you want to homeschool. Write it down. Then write down your goals, what you want your children to gain from this experience. Put it in the front of your planner, teachers guide, schedule book, whatever you use. Then when you need a gentle reminder, pull it out to help center yourself when things get tough.

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