As a parent every decision you make somehow effects your kids. Big or small they impact the world your kids grow up in.
Clark and I have made two big decisions that will dramatically affect our kids lives in the future, but are even shaping their world now; not taking a regular 9-5 jobs but having a patchwork income approach and unschooling our kids.
Here is our 15 observations we made about the world our kids live in.
How do you think these things impact their lives?
- They aren’t rushed around from thing to thing but have time for play, boredom and friends.
- They are allowed to do things in their own time, which is usually really slow, as we patiently watch and help.
- In a society driven by time we have no clocks in the house.
- They have as much time and access to their dad as their mom; and they have as much time and access to their mom as their dad.
- They wake up when they are ready.
- They go everywhere with us and are exposed to new situations and people all the time.
- There is no distinction in the days of the week, Tuesday is the same as Saturday.
- They can and do wear PJs all day, or change into several PJs throughout the day.
- Don’t have routine, but each day is a new adventure.
- Rarely do we ask our kids things like, “what’d you do today?” because usually we did it with them.
- Our kids move as seamlessly from “school” to play as seamlessly as we move from work to play.
- Every day is take your son/daughter to work day.
- When our kids see a depiction of school in a movie or a book we have to explain that some kids learn while sitting at a desk.
- Our kids are already developing a practical understanding of money. Sometimes when they ask us to do something we have to tell them we don’t have the money for it. When we tell them later that we can’t play at the moment because we need to work so we can make money, a connection is made.
- We don’t worry about changing behavior that would get them made fun of in school. Being timid, dressing up, running funny. It is all about learning and growing in their own time.