I love the quote, “Childhood is not preparation for anything. Childhood just is, and they only get one. It’s up to us to protect it” by Lester Laminack, found on Pinterest by ‘Hopeful Insights’.
I also like what ‘Hopeful Insight’ is doing with her kids – “Our kids ask a lot from us, whether it be material things, favors or time. But they also know they won’t always get the things they want because other people have needs/wants too and everyone, even the wealthiest people in the world, have limitations of certain resources (counting time, energy and desire as resources) they have to work within. I do think those lessons are valuable for adulthood.” Yes they are! And, as she says, very useful for living in the now!
One of the things I absolutely adore about the way we homeschool/unschool is the amount of time the kids and I have together which means lots of time to work out how to manage everyone’s needs and wants in a way that doesn’t leave anyone feeling bad. I think this is a really useful life school and one that just wouldn’t be practised often in a school environment or even a ‘school at home’ environment. It is really challenging, keeping everyone happy and informed about the ‘whys’ behind the things that have to be done (why I’d like to do certain things) but it’s really worth it!
My daughter has been asked several times this week what she wants to be when she grows up. She answered honestly, saying she doesn’t know and that she changes her mind all the time. Right now she thinks working in fashion sounds fun, perhaps as a personal shopper but who knows if that will be appealing later.
Of course lots of children don’t know what career path they might choose but, as with so many other things, as unschoolers we are scrutinized more closely for this. There is an implication that if we aren’t working toward the standard goal of society then we damned sure better choose an acceptable one for ourselves. I think this stems from the broader assumption that childhood isn’t part of the “real world” and it’s a time whose exclusive purpose is preparation for this future reality.
But the future is not a guarantee. And when…
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