My first naturedadblog video
Here is a little video I made to support the last blog post.
If you like this video, can you help me get some steam for homeschool dads out there by sharing this.
Have you seen changes in homeschooling these days?
The world has become an overwhelming pool of knowledge.
Wherever you turn, you find a new app or a brand new way to learn math has to be passed on to your child. In the middle of all the knowledge flying to and fro, we sometimes forget to talk and relax with our children. A dad who doubles as a teacher or homeschool principal needs to leave the teacher behind and simply become dad for a few hours everyday.
Listen to your child.
Do not just hear the words, but notice the emotion too. Many children find it difficult to express exactly what they want. Talk to your child about general stuff and allow him to be ‘just a kid’. When you talk to your child, ask for his opinions. Few things please him more. It also adds a ton to his self-confidence.
Many parents interrupt when their children talk.
We, as adults, detest it when someone cuts off what we are trying to say. Kids can keep quiet if they are often forced to be silent when we shut them up. But this is unhealthy as well as unfair. Allow your child to finish. Then express your views in a rational manner. The child should have a genuine confidence to confide in you.
Not too strict
There has been a trend in homeschooling to produce children who can sit on a tiny spot on the floor for hours at a time. I think there is a real pride in how good we can be at developing complete compliance. I have started to question the family with eight perfect children. While I used to really admire the efficiency of a silent batch of children sitting with their hands folded during an entire batch of conference lectures; Now I am a little concerned. That’s not normal. Obedience is one thing, but asking too much of an active and lively 4 year old is not natural. And I’m all about nature.
Gentle parenting is a key to successful homeschooling.
There are plenty of perfectionist administrator dads out there. There are also plenty of disconnected ones.
Be a parent first, and then a teacher.
What type of parent was your dad? How do you compare to his style?
Let me know your thoughts below.