1. says:

    July 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Jessica this is great. I wonder if parents often miss interest for the need to push because we live in a world where people believe that excelling only comes about by pushing and doing it early? The four year old with the curriculum has it because somewhere deep in the parent’s mind they are thinking that if they do this now their child will somehow do better in college, and therefore have a better life as an adult. Which of course leads to the whole thing about childhood is just a preparation for being a grownup, which is a whole other subject.

    • says:

      July 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Stacey. I know parents only push out of love and concern for their kids. That’s why I feel it’s so important to share the message that children are better off when they’re allowed to have a real childhood. Not just that they’re happier kids, but that they’re happier and more successful adults – even by “conventional” standards.

    • says:

      July 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      So my dearest friend wants people to know that there are 3-year-olds who jump up and down and squeal with delight when presented with Kumon workbooks. This is true, and I am by no means saying these children should be denied their workbooks. And we shouldn’t assume that every studious young child has been pushed by an over anxious parent.

      So I will reiterate, if you choose to use any sort of curriculum, remember that it is your tool, not your boss.

  2. Caroline says:

    August 4, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I would say as well that because we are going against the stream to begin with in homeschooling, and the pressure of giving our children a good education rests on our shoulders, it can be doubly daunting to not only homeschool, but do so in a relaxed way. The good news is that the pressure does go away the longer you homeschool :)

    • says:

      August 4, 2013 at 3:06 am

      I find that to be true of parenting in general, don’t you? As you start to realize your kids are no more or less messed up than most kids, the pressure lessens a bit.

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