Recently we were at a birthday party and I was enjoying some uncommon light conversation with the other parents. Several times we were interrupted by children with the usual complaints, needs, etc. Every single time, I noted the parent quickly dispatched his or her child with ‘not now’ ‘go ask your father’ and the ever popular ‘how many times have I told you not to interrupt me when I’m talking!’. They certainly were practicing that old saying “children should be seen but not heard” to its fullest potential.
By no means am I a perfect parent but since homeschooling has entered our lives, I use every single exchange with my son to encourage learning, critical thinking and research catalysts. I had to use these opportunities to maximize our homeschooling efforts.
So cut back to the party. My son runs up and asks me why the birds on the wire don’t get electrocuted. If I’m honest, I felt an overwhelming urge to say, ‘I’ll tell you later ok?’ but how could I dismiss his bright expectant little face. So I excused myself, took his hand and said,”That’s a really good question. Let’s figure it out”.
I know I saw bewilderment in the group as we walked away to engage in our perpetual ‘classroom’. I don’t think they understood what I have come to fully believe through homeschooling- that these are fleeting moments when we can teach, guide, learn but most importantly connect with our children while they still think we know the answers to all the questions they think up.
Article By Nuria Almeida
Picture By Michael Oh