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Wow, after raising 3 lego immersed sons, I really can't think of a whole lot of negatives about legos. I am actually feeling a little tug at the old hearstrings now that my youngest ds is playing with them less and less. He still has elaborate cities set up on lego tables my dh built, has an old dresser filled with carefully sorted pieces, and has some elaborate story line to accompany his set-ups including a vast array of papers with charts and various illustrations...
My 12 yo ds spends quite a bit of time on Minecraft, he's actually creating a game for my 16 yo to play and writing a very lengthy backstory to go with it. When I see this type of thing happening, I do tend to back off and just let it happen. I was requiring some writing, but when he does this of his own volition, there is really no need. I have no limits on screen time, but he does seem to balance it out on his own. He goes from Wii to computer, to trampoline, to...
This is what I was thinking as well, that having a meal placed before me that I don't eat would be pretty awkward. I don't know what they will be serving, I guess I can hope there will be some plain meat/veggies on the plate.So it seems the consensus is not to trouble the bride and groom but it may be OK to contact the restaurant to see if I can make some arrangements. If not, I just need to do the best I can, and bring something to eat between the wedding and the...
I was wondering what would be the best way to try to have a gluten-free meal as a guest at a wedding reception. Should I just make a note on the RSVP card? I have already checked the website for the restaurant and saw nothing irt gluten-free options, and my next thought was to call the restaurant to see if they even make such accommodations, and if so to then make a note on the card. I really don't want to create a huge inconvenience for the bride and groom (who I don't...
It can also available streaming through Netflix. My dd is quite into it atm!
I really don't think it would be the end of the world to set some expectations is your case, as in, "you will find/do some meaningful volunteer work. You will pursue some sort of hobby/class outside of the computer. You will be awake during the day and sleep at night". I know that doesn't sound very unschooly, but sometimes kids will need something to strive for and sometimes that expectation has to come from outside of themselves. I know you like the idea of...
ITA. Some of what I have been trying to say in my threads (not that I have a lot!) and I can't seem to get it out right. You are using your own instincts and life experience to facilitate your ds's learning in the way that best seems to fit his needs, even if those needs are not exactly what he desires.OP, trust your instincts. Although we have generally unrestricted media, I reserve the right to intervene or limit if I feel it is becoming counter-productive. I also...
Alison McKee is the author of the book SweetSilver mentioned. It's a good one! I've also had the pleasure of meeting her and hearing her speak several times. I love her down-to-earth approach.
Well, I do care about my kid's academic outcome, their ability to pursue a career of choice, and eventual financial independence. I guess that is why I have regrets about unschooling where others in our same situation would not. I just don't know why it would be desirable to intentionally allow children to enter adulthood with educational holes and deficiencies that they have to struggle to make-up later. Yes, maybe they would have them anyway, but to not try to rectify...
These statements above do a pretty good job of showing what I meant by parents having a "zen" attitude about unschooling results...about really being OK with just about any outcome as long as the young adult displays some really awesome attributes. About not being overly invested in an academic-like achievement. I just don't understand how making an educational decision for children, as in choosing to unschool vs. choosing another method (that would most likely result in...
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