Friday, October 8, 2010

I’m Raising My Kid to Be an Adult (Ready for the World)

I know this is going to sound kind of biased (‘cause it is), but I’m getting my daughter ready for the “real world.”

That’s the philosophy that I’ve adopted in our homeschooling journey.

She could be learning how to sit in a classroom, raise her hand, and how to “navigate” a high school.

But what my kid is learning on a day-to-day basis is:

How to interact with other adults.

How to interact with older teens, teens her age, and younger children.

How to run large groups.

How to fight for what you believe in (when it comes to politics, human rights and religious freedom).

How to balance a checkbook.

How to drive.

How to write a blog.

How to keep a journal.

How to do math.

How to read for hours on end.

How to appreciate movies (and learn from their messages).

How to cook.

How to declutter.

How to travel and take long adventures to nowhere.

How to draw and paint.

How to take care of animals.

How to take care of children.

How to socialize.

How to be “socialized.”

How to say “no.”

How to say “yes.”

How to be patient.

How to be compassionate.

How to respect people.

How to earn respect.

How to treat all people as equals…and not bully.

How to take care of the environment.

How to take care of the world.

How to learn.

How to teach.

How to sing.

How to be independent.

How to be a contributing member of society, and be the best person that she can be.

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