Sunday, 23 October 2016
So Much To Learn
It's lovely for your children if you, as a home educating parent, can endeavour to be like a wise and knowledgeable friend - patient and kind, welcoming enquiry and humbly acknowledging when you don't know something ... yes, you're still the parent - and you MUST parent, but how lovely for a child to feel they can come to you with questions and discussions on life.
Today one of my children asked me 'What's quarter-life chaos?"
Rather puzzled I said "Quarter as in half a half?"
"Life as in the opposite of death?"
"Chaos as in the opposite of order?"
"Quarter-life chaos? Where have you heard this?"
"You said it."
"Some time ago. People having a quarter-life-chaos."
My light bulb finally went on.
"Oh! Mid-life crisis!"
Indeed we had been speaking of the old sterotypical male mid-life crisis involving a new wardrobe of tight jeans, unbuttoned shirts, a new red sports car, girlfriend in her 20's or 30's, parties etc etc etc.
And then I thought of how our children can be taking in SO MUCH information sometimes that often bits get forgotten, or stored into their memory banks incorrectly.
I imagined myself at a conference where I needed to take in hours and hours of new information, listen, absorb, remember ... sometimes our children's lives are like a conference every day. More and more information, loaded into the memory banks. When I was younger, at school, I was continually wondering if the information would start to spill out my ears at some point.
So much to learn.
And it's always a comfort for a child to know if something has been half-remembered they can always come back to ask for more information.