Who knows . . . Insecurity? Insanity?
Fortunately, my children, soon, put a stop to it by refusing to perform, acting embarrassed and simply asking those dreaded tough questions beginning with "Why?"
So, you guessed it, my biggest challenge as a home schooling mom is reining in my desire to create super intellectual children and freeing my children to explore and learn naturally. Each time I find a new philosophy of home education, new resource, new idea that I would like to explore and before I present it to my children I ask myself these questions:
- Do I want my children to know this to impress others?
- Do I want my children to learn this because I want to learn it?
- Is this something that will enrich their lives?
- Is this age appropriate?
- Will this inspire learning?
- How does this fit into what we are doing?
- Am I moving on in the books because my children know the material and are ready or because I want to finish the book/math text/etc before the end of grade level?
I still get the urge to mention my children's studies (especially around public schoolers) but I am honest. Always.