As homeschoolers who move a lot and have recently made an international move, this was a great article to read; full of useful, positive advice. I also liked Judy’s comment at the end, “My kids have learned, through all the moves, that with each new start they get to start over and pick people they really enjoy and really fit with them. They have quality relationships because their friends aren’t just kids ‘they’ve always known’” This is a great attitude for us to have as we proceed with the trials and tribulations of living in a new place but of course, it’s useful advice for anyone, living anywhere, who feels a bit disconnected from their community.
You’ve heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” You’ve probably also noticed slap backs like, “I’ve seen the village and it’s not raising my kids.”
If we actually consider the proverb we see the wisdom it contains. Throughout nearly all eras of human history, parents weren’t isolated from a supportive network of other people. Grandparents, siblings, cousins, and friends not only nurtured children, they made good parenting much easier. When a baby cried there were other arms to carry it or carry on the mother’s tasks as she nursed. When a toddler played there were other eyes keeping watch. When a child was ready to learn there were people available to show him how to fashion reeds into a basket, to fish in the river, to tan hides, to choose the right plants to make medicines. When a teen sought role models there were…
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