Family dialogue about all things internet

Last night I asked my son about school. From there the topic continued and I brought up my blog post about unschooling.

I asked them if they remembered their grandmother telling us the story about her playing hooky in Kindergarten. Continue reading

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Unschooling: then and now

When my mom was a Kindergarten-aged child in the late 1940s, she regularly skipped class.

No one kept attendance, it seems. Or if they did it wasn’t as rigid as it is today with automated phone calls and amber alerts all over media…

For added perspective: try to imagine a small city in Switzerland, near the metropolitan city of Zรผrich, during the late 1940s and early 1950s…kids in general were not really parented in the way that we do it today.

I think most of us know this. ๐Ÿ™‚

So anyway, here is my mom as a child, with long, brown braids, marching off to Kindergarten every morning while her mom tended to several younger girls at home.

Except, on some days, my mom didn’t go to Kindergarten at all. Just decided it was much more interesting to hang around anywhere else. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sport parenting in crossover season: baseball and hockey

This Saturday morning in September promises to be hot and sunny. Perfect weather for baseball.

One kid took off with her dad to play the first of at least two, maybe three games this weekend. They left about 25 minutes before I did with the other kid.

Her baseball team starts playoffs this morning, and her diamond is slightly further away than her brother’s.

My son plays his last regular season game today. His playoffs start next weekend.

As I type this I’m sitting in my baseball chair, without coffee, at 8:55 am at my son’s diamond.

It’s already hot, but not unpleasant (yet).

I have to pee.

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Back at school: lunch time, junk food and mom’s home-cooking

Every day they want to eat dinner. Right?

This means someone’s gotta cook. That would be me. Good thing I don’t mind cooking, most days…

The other day my mom was telling me she was out at lunchtime. She noticed long lineups at fast food joints located around some schools. She looked closer and it was all middle school and high school kids, waiting in line for a burger and fries, or some such junk.

She was astonished and so am I. I mean, I know kids buy food at these places, but every day at lunch?

My question is, at what point do kids have so much money they can afford a fast food lunch on a regular basis? Continue reading