"Although I speak from my own experience, I feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable for you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is off no use, then you can discard it." Dalai Lama...

Monday, 7 January 2008

Children are who they are...

Danielle conger organic learning .org (there is link on my side bar in articles to lighten the load as I have had no luck putting one in the text!!!How do you do that?)
Being more aware and living my life more mindfully I have been open to seeing so much evidence of the universe sending me what I need just when I need it.... I came across this article via a link from Embracing the strange and it's subject matter is just what I needed to read after the last few posts I have done have been about my challenge to quit striving for perfection and lessons in unconditional love (from a dog no less!!!)
There are so many wonderfully talented people out there whose way with words enable sense to be made from the quagmire of my mind.I will read this often and along with others it will hopefully help me to stay mindful of the fact that perfection is not required!!!!

My whole life has been about striving for control and perfection,I won't go into the gory details but from a very young age life event's have not always been kind and I grew up with a very poor self image and although outwardly looked a strong and competent person was quite the opposite inside and had no self belief or confidence in my own abilities at all and I went through life with no real goals or aspirations but lots of self criticisms.
I am mentioning this because I hope it gives a bigger picture . I have read a lot of blogs over the last year since deciding to take Emily out of school and the ones that have been the most helpful to me have been honest about the ups and downs of unschooling, not making it out ot be the answer to all educational and parenting dilemmas rather to let me see the growth process and stages of thier unschooling journeys.
The story of our journey as I am sure alot of others are is about our growth as a family but also as individuals.My growth began a few years ago when I confronted my past and started working on it, I see unschooling as being the next stage in my growth and I fully believe this is where I need to be right now at this time in my life,well actually it is 10.30 in the morning and my daughter and I are not dressed, she is eating breakfast watching shreck 3 again and I have not had breakfast yet, so perhaps in reality I should be doing something else right now!!! I saw that article and it opened things up for me so I felt compelled to write about it.
I am not naive enough to think that this lifestyle will shield Emily from the crap life throws at us all and our intention is not to wrap her in cotton wool and keep her from the real world but I hope that by having the freedom to be who she is, to self regulate and explore her own interests without outside influences or limitations that she will have a strengh I never had to be able to deal with the pressures and live a more worthwhile life, hence the title of the blog see clever eh I really gave it some thought HA HA..... (can't do smiley faces either !!)
I have no experience in writing and am not in the league of some of the writers out there ,I am glad if this gets read and helps in some way but it has proved more than anything to be a great way to get my thoughts in order and that can only be a good thing...

1 comment:

piscesgrrl said...

I find writing about our unschooling life to be very therapeutic, too, and I do believe that when we all share, we offer support to each other - that we've been where they are, that it's an evolution, that we learn so much about ourselves in the process, and that we are not alone. Writing about it sometimes helps us come full circle in our thinking, starting with a challenge, and working through to solutions and new awarenesses.

Unschooling is indeed a beautiful path for healing past hurts as well. And if it makes you feel any better, I too am just learning what I like, what I may indeed be good at or called to do, and how I can honor myself as well as all my other relationships.

Thanks for visiting my blog - I am glad that you, too, are sharing your experiences. :)

Oh, to put a link in your blog post (if you still need to know), the opening code is < a href="typeURLhere" > and the closing code is < /a >. But take out all the spaces. (If I leave the spaces in, the comment reads it as a live link!) Try that in the "Use HTML" tab. Hope that helps!