I have a very distinctly defined leadership disposition: I am at the helm, looking forward to what could/might/should/ought to be. I can carry on this way indefinitely, and I would have sunk the Titanic, not for arrogance, or inability to consider the possibility of a gigantic obstacle, but because I wouldn't have noticed the daily, mundane, present-focused realities, like that no food was packed, the toilets were overflowing and nobody had been hired to maintain them, or all the onboard fauna had escaped, nobody counted the lifeboats or how many passengers there were relative to sleeping quarters. I would have seen the bright possibilities on a faraway shore, and the back end of my ship may have completely rusted out and I would have had no idea until the water began pooling around my feet, at which point, I'd be screaming, "WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY CHECK THE BACK OF THE BOAT???! CAN'T YOU ALL SEE I'M STEEEERING UP HERE? HOW CAN I SEE THE BACK WHEN I'M UP AT THE FRONT?!"
Free-learning/unschooling really works for me because I excel at guiding and inspiring. I couldn't even get my head around something like the daily implementation of a curriculum. I can design one, but to use it? Not a chance. I just completed a comprehensive curriculum and three-year education plan for the school board. The designing was a lot of fun (and work), but it will never be implemented by me in my home.
I just wondered how many other parents here are leadership types. It seems that if I had more of a managerial disposition, curriculum-implementation would be fun, or at least likely. I really cannot fathom doing that, myself. Obviously people can have a blend of these dispositions, but I really do not- in a big way.
In case anyone has read my post about starting up my business, don't worry; I deliberately chose something that would allow me to function as me while not crashing the business until a later point when I would bring in a manager to keep it from crashing, lol. I know myself well. :)
It seems that a more blended person might tend toward eclectic/relaxed approaches to child-rearing, and a very highly managerial person would love to take a much neater, predictable approach, while free-learning would make that person nuts, but make me very happy.
Of course, there's the reality of a parent and child having very different dispositions, respectively.
What are your thoughts? I'm musing. :)