I Live For Moments Like This
July 26, 2012 § 4 Comments
People ask me, “So what do you do?”
I mostly feel awkward, unsure and lesser than, when answering, “I’m a stay at home Mom.”
My kids are almost 24 and just turned 17.
No, neither are scholars or have any academic accolades. Neither have been champions or even competitors sports wise. Both are products of their environment and are skeptics of standardized anything. They both are avid gamers and spend much of their time in the pursuit of happiness.
And yes, we have encouraged this. We allowed them to shun traditional schooling to try out life instead. We gave them permission and fought with school administrations and boards so they could live freer, less conditional lives. Over the last 6 years our kids have been and are still encouraged and supported in taking classes that interest them while not being forced to sit through ones they aren’t. Both of them have successfully completed a college course while neither has a high school diploma.
When questioned about unschooling, 6 years later, I still occasionally get my hackles my up. But more often than not, these days, I feel sorry for the person who still believes that a traditional, brick and mortar, 30 hours a week of inside a classroom, education is the only way to raise happy, healthy, intelligent kids.
Because it’s just not true.
And I live for moments like this. When I see my kids together, happy, interacting, discussing their latest WoW adventures and just in general, smiling. Or making goofy faces for the camera.