Parenting on a Budget? Instead of feeling bad about what you can’t offer, consider that you might be making better lasting family memories!

I subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter written by Oliver and Rachel DeMille co-creators of TJED, ‘Thomas Jefferson Education’. They often post thought-provoking articles. This one was especially nice for parents on a budget (most of us). Oliver asks”What are some small things that would build better memories for your family and students this spring and summer?

Can you tone down some of the bigger projects you have in mind to make room for these smaller options?

Seriously, the little things will probably do a lot more for relationships and learning than you might think.

Again, do you have big plans?

How can you replace them with little things that will be even better?

This is real.

It doesn’t mean you have to cancel all your big projects, but at least consider it.

If a smaller event, tradition or activity will accomplish more, don’t reject it just because it isn’t extravagant.

You want your students to learn as much as possible, fall and stay in love with learning, and feel the happiness that comes with improved relationships.

That’s what the activities are really about, after all.

A relaxed mom enjoying a fun event at the park is usually a lot more worthwhile than a harried mom giving orders for a week-long vacation to Sea World.”

And, “Agitation and irritation are seldom very inspiring.

The truth is, less is often better—because in learning and especially in families, less is frequently more.”

I like this sentiment. I do a pretty good job of focusing on family time but I could think of it more productively – as an opportunity for making lasting memories just as it is, without the addition of trips to see Ancient Egypt or Ottoman heritage in Turkey! However, one of the most ‘organized’, “big project”, trips we ever took was the biggest ever success for my son. It was a historical re-enactment place, called ‘Archeon’ which is in the Netherlands, where we spent last summer. My son hasn’t stopped talking about it and it really inspired a love of Roman-times for him. I’m not surprised. Actors dressed up as Roman soldiers and kids got a chance to train to be one! Many a boy’s idea of bliss! We read a bit about Vikings recently, he remembered there was a Viking section at ‘Archeon’ which we didn’t had time, in two long visits, to see and now he wants to go back even more than before! Despite DeMille’s correct, I think, comment that, “Agitation and irritation are seldom very inspiring”, Edward’s enjoyment was not impacted by his father’s reluctance to spend hours and hours there! Although that might say something about an 8 year old boy’s lack of empathy than the truth of DeMille’s assertion! So, I suppose, small things are best as long as big good ones are thrown in now and then and Disneyland, despite my son’s desire to go there, does NOT qualify as far as I’m concerned!! And anyway, I loved visiting Ancient Egypt and I’d love to see Ottoman history in Turkey with the kids.I  think my enthusiasm and passion on these sorts of ‘big project’ trips do rub off. So,  perhaps something important to consider, when you think about your ‘big projects’ is what YOU’LL enjoy too!





About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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