I am not one to shelter my kids. Yet, as a homeschooling mom, I am often asked if I think I keep my kids in a bubble. Really?
My kids are taught by me at home, yes. We do most of our work during the day on the couch, at the table or sitting on our beds.
But we also go hiking, swimming and numerous “spontaneous” adventures throughout the year. We have zoo trips, local and state park trips and “hop in the car and find a cool place to stop” trips. We have sleepovers and church lock-ins. We have football and Wii parties. We allow and encourage them to participate in drama classes, choirs (singing and handbell), youth bands and soccer. We have nature walks, visits to nursing homes and chances to reach out to the community in very tangible ways.
All of the above activites are with other kids their age: public schooled, private schooled and homeschooled kids!
We talk about and investigate local and world news. We expose them to the REAL Situations (not jersey shore Situations) around the world. We encourage them to be independent, yet still grow their relationships with one another. We don’t skip the hard questions – but we don’t pressure them to grow up too fast, either.
Did I mention we have dish network and netflix *gasp!*)?
Oh – and we mess up. We apologize. We mess up again. We apologize, again. And again. And again.
Did I mention we mess up?
I was a public school kid – and my life growing up looked very much like my kids life. Tons of activities – tons of encouragement. We were busy, busy, busy…and loved, loved, loved. Always, always loved.
So maybe I lived in a bubble. And maybe my kids do, too.
I guess, then, if this is a bubble, then I like it just fine.
What does YOUR bubble look like?