When I was growing up, life was a LOT simpler.
As a child, my parents were both well read and they were total DIYers. We had a garden with flowers and vegetables, dad made my wooden desk and mom sewed our pretty curtains. Not because we were poor, but because they enjoyed the entire process of creating and they were proud of their workmanship abilities. I was allowed to be a part of it all. I grew up being mentored, and when I wasn't watching them do life, I was immersed in books and puzzles — things they insisted was an essential part of childhood, apart from being outside in the fresh air.
I was sent to school like the other children, yet the bulk of my learning happened at home. My dad was a walking dictionary, and looking up from reading a word that was unfamiliar to me — he would give me the definition within seconds, in a way that was clear to a child. Watching over a pot of curry being cooked on the stove, my mom would interview me about the fairytale I had been reading. I wasn't aware then, but she was developing my close reading abilities. As I grew into a middle-schooler, I was asked WHY about everything. My father was training my logical thinking.
School gave me FACTS. It never gave me the skills and character I needed to become the global citizen I am today. That was entirely the work of my parents — who had homeschooled me with Vintage Values, and given me a solid head start in my formative years.
I went on to University on a Scholarship, studied abroad and broadened my horizons with new cultures and ideas. One thing held me steady - my foundational years.
When the time came for me to raise my own children, I naturally turned to my own childhood. I had been gifted with a Vintage Education. A childhood so rich, based on timeless values, that I had to pass it on.
Am I the only one alarmed by how modern parents seem to think a device is a must-have for kids - even below the age of 5?
How are families supposed to connect on a human level if kids are sent away to keep themselves distracted while adults do 'important' stuff?
What's more important than investing in future adults, future friends?
Merely caring for physical needs isn't enough to create firm family ties and build the firm foundation for these children to dig into when they travel the challenges of life.
Our children need CONNECTION.
I grew up learning to fill the 'boredom'. I've battled with each of my own children suffering from 'boredom' - my biggest fight being with my youngest who is an extrovert. Guess what? They've made their best art and self discoveries while 'bored'. They've grown values and character from the silent spaces they needed to overcome. They've learnt to seek silent spaces as they've grown older - so they can overcome.
We need to realise our children are our real ASSETS. They are not responsibilities.
We invest in assets.
We don't invest in responsibilities.
See the difference? ;)
I invite you to explore the value of allowing 'boredom' and silent spaces into your child's upbringing. It's building your child from the inside out.
A mom, passionate about Education done right. In a modern world spinning out of control with the pursuit of materialism and lack of family time, someone has to make sure the children experience what a REAL childhood is like.