Our fireworks here got cancelled because of the thunderstorms, BUT they've been rescheduled for tomorrow night, so we're looking forward to that. We just got a copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys
which has some cool stuff in it and we've been trying things out, but frankly, we haven't found anything "dangerous" about it.
Dd is doing a car wash fund-raiser tomorrow, and it's supposed to get hot again, so I'm sure we'll be at the pool a lot.
Originally Posted by honeybeedreams
how do all you mamas who unschool manage to just "go with it" when the moment presents itself.
Well, I've never had that many little ones all at once--but when I had a baby in the house, my older kids learned a lot about...having a baby in the house.
Then, when the baby was napping, or nursing or just hanging out in the sling, content, I'd have time to read to the older ones, or help them with whatever they wanted help with. I used to write myself a note ("look up gastropds" or "teach dd chess") so that when the baby was settled, I'd remember what the kids were asking about! Our house ran by triage--whoever needed me the most, got my attention. It gets easier as they get older though.
Originally Posted by Ruthla
Well, for one thing, I'm not getting any "me time" when she's up at least as late as I am.
Can you work your "me time" into some other part of the day? I don't think it's reasonable to expect that our kids will always go to bed before we do--sooner or later, they outgrow that, yk? Could you explain to her that you need some private time and agree to each do your own thing late at night? (This is the 12 yr old, right?) Is she upset when she misses out on stuff? What is she willing to do to change that? As far as meals go, again, if this is the 12 yr old, why can't she fix herself something when she's hungry?
I'd really be throwing the ball in her court at this point