Thursday, June 20, 2013
One of my jobs as a parent, aside from making sure my children are fed and clean, is to instill confidence. It is one of the many reasons why I homeschool. I was mercilessly picked on by my school mates growing up. My mom would tell me how pretty and smart I was(while telling me I had chubby knees, but that's a subject for another day) and then I would go to school and be told by my peers that I was fat, ugly, and stupid.
So, who did I believe? My Mom? Who was contractually obligated to tell me that I was pretty and smart? Or the kids that I saw more hours a day than my mother, that told me I was ugly and stupid? Well, I believed the kids, don't ya know.
My kids do get interactions with other kids via our homeschool social group, and any outside extracurricular activities. My job, as a mom, is to keep an eye on things. Make sure that my kids have an appropriate response to bullying (yes, all kids bully, it's not just a public school thing), and guide them through without getting all up in the middle of it. I want my kids to work things out and make decisions without my interference.