I've been feeling like my kids are needing some inspiration in the form of seeing mom (or dad) struggling to learn something completely foreign, and maybe working together. And I'm feeling like everyone is needing a nudge to attempt something fresh and challenging - hence my violin post. But I have other ideas too.
Sometimes I think my kids think I was born with the skills I have or that I'm gifted (haha) in some way that they aren't. I don't know why they compare themselves to an adult, but there you have it. They need to see me struggle with something new the way they do - I think. That's not to say that I don't take on new projects, but probably not things completely foreign to me, that I might struggle with in an obvious way.
I'm also thinking of us all learning Latin together. I feel like imposing this on everyone, which is philosophically against the idea of unschooling, but it's just my gut saying that's what we need right now. Real challenge - some of us aren't challenging ourselves in any self directed pursuit, so it's time for an intervention. Some of us need a confidence boosting activity and won't chose it.
And I feel like I need to have some fresh insight into what it is to be in their shoes with their schoolwork, some of which is completely new and foreign to them.
I'm struggling with how much to push them (yes, I said the p word in an unschooling forum!) I think some of us are getting away with floundering and doing way less than we can and I've allowed it - heck, I'm guilty of it too.
I don't really know why I'm sharing all this here - maybe I'm still working it all out and I need feedback. And I'm wondering if others feel this way sometimes, and what you do when "it" happens, whatever "it" is.
What happens when unschoolers don't chose anything challenging for unhealthily long periods of time? I'm sure some of you don't have this issue, maybe it's an introvert thing, or some thing else at play.