When Criticism Hurts the Most
by Kathryn Frazier, Crosswalk Homeschool (Monday, October 31, 2011)
You are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in your backyard. Your little boys are catching lizards, discussing the characteristics of reptiles and how cold-blooded animals regulate body temperature. Your preschooler, not impressed with such critters, is picking a bunch of flowers. She notes the colors of the flowers and sorts them by type. You leisurely chat about the beauty of her bouquet, photosynthesis, and the importance of caring for our natural environment. Your teenager is stretched out on a lawn chair, soaking in the rays and reading Little Women. Homeschooling at its best. Right in the middle of this beautiful morning, Cousin Tom drops by to return a borrowed jigsaw. Looking around at all the fun, he laughs, and says that it must be nice to play hooky every day.
Instantly you bristle. But what do you say? Do you launch into a lecture on the philosophy of student-directed learning? Do you say that you are just taking a break, and assure him that your children are at the books all day? Do you ignore him? Make a joke? Do you make a mental note not to allow the children to be outside until the afternoons?
Kathryn Frazier homeschools in freedom with her husband and five children in Tampa, Florida. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was originally published in the Sep/Oct ’07 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more details, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com