As a mom who has stepped to the side of mainstream parenting, I’m constantly re-evaluating what I want for my children. How can I help them find their way to a to a happy and fulfilling life?
I don’t have all the answers. I have more questions.
If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life? Would you do exactly what you are doing now?
Think about it while you watch this video:
And what do you believe about education? Is it a means to an end? Should the journey be joyful or endured for the sake of a successful future?
Now think about this for a minute: If you could see into the future and found your beloved child would only live to age 25, how would you suggest they spend their time, starting right now? Would you fight with your teen over Algebra? Would you punish him for a bad grade in English? Or would you try to celebrate every moment, helping them make their dreams a reality right now, on this day, because you knew their time was limited?
What’s stopping you from living that way now?
Are we raising joyful kids who are pursuing their interests in life or are we building resumes and perfect college applications?
Is there a way to have a balance between preparing for the future and enjoying growing up?
I’m filled with questions. The answers are not consistently clear. I don’t always know how I will guide them, but I want to stay true to my vision of giving them a childhood filled with joy and freedom to explore and learn at their own pace, in their own way.
“Education itself is a putting off, a postponement; we are told to work hard to get good results. Why? So we can get a good job. What is a good job? One that pays well. Oh. And that’s it? All this suffering, merely so that we can earn a lot of money, which, even if we manage it, will not solve our problems anyway? It’s a tragically limited idea of what life is all about.” – Tom Hodgkinson