I have just re-read 3 articles by Arun at The Parenting Pit starting with this one and moving on to this and finally this. In these articles I have gained even more clarity to the questions I have been asking myself over the last few days. I have to accept that I am on a journey, it has been a gradual process over a year to understand unschooling and how Emily will learn. In the same way changes in how we parent should not happen overnight but be a gradual and comfortable change for us all.In that way things will not seem so mountainous and I can see that by doing it slowly I will gain confidence.I am a very impatient person and need things to happen quickly once a decision has been made, this is a good lesson for me to learn!!!!
How have I found the time in the middle of the day to read so much? Emily is upstairs listening to another CD story tape by Phillip Pullman .I have on occasion gone up and listened with her but I think she actually prefers to be by herself.She keeps popping down as Meagan the character she was from yesterday and at present I am looking after Rose her baby!! We had a very interesting discussion on how it is possible to have a baby outside marriage, my assumption is there is some discussion about work houses and illegitimate children on the tape, I will clarify that with her later as it didn't fit in at the time we had the conversation.She has declined all my suggestions to do other things .I am just waiting to see if she wants to do a Tye dye kit she got for Xmas as she did at least say she would do that later!!! She's just gone into the garden with a handful of barbies so perhaps we won't be doing the Tye dye just yet!!!
We are going to look after my nephew after school today, the planned walk with some of the home ed group didn't come off this morning, but as Emily has been coughing a lot I think it is just as well having a quiet day as it seems a good bet she is struggling to fight something off, fingers crossed she managed to resist whatever it is.
In other news I have been given an award by Colleen at The New Unschooler.Can't remember ever having won an award!!! Thanks to Colleen who has been inspiration to me, so many of the things she blogged about in a very honest and thought provoking way were happening to me.Now I just have to find out how to get the award onto my blog(dragging it does't work for me Colleen) and award it to ten others.......