We need another form, no parent ever said

I think there should be a new law:

Every time a school sends home a duplicate form they have to plant a new tree.

A rant is forming in my head but I’m not gonna give in to it. 😜 But if that law existed, we’d be living in a very dense forest by now.

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How one child learned to apply her tried and true study methods

Years ago I taught my very young child how to memorize something for school. I said:

Repetition is key. Write it down over and over again until you feel comfortable.

After some resistance and push back, she tried it out. Little girls, it seemed, were attracted to doodling with colorful markers.

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On the threshold of high school: application processes, decisions, and a disappearing childhood

I have been debating on and off whether I should write this post.

The struggle is so real to me that I have to physically hold myself back from letting it get the best of me because if I do that, the push back may be permanent. And I can’t let that happen – kids need support in ways that wasn’t prevalent in my day. And it’s not just the internet, there are other things going on. Things that didn’t seem to be so up front and in your face in my day the way they are today.

But at the same time, I also question the sanity of this society at times. How is it we push kids onto career paths earlier and earlier with every generation?

I was talking with my chiropractor a few weeks ago whose daughter is the same age as my son; both are in grade 8 and visiting high school open houses to determine the next step. His words resonate loud and clear in my head:

“They’re only 13, they’re still children.” Continue reading

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 ZΓΌrich, 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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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