Cheyenne has always loved school and her experience at preschool was amazing. She was able to develop a love for learning in a nurturing environment. She looked forward to actually going to school and taking on new challenges. Her favorite thing was doing worksheets and coming home to tell us exactly what she learned during the day. She felt so smart. She had a happy heart. She was in love with learning and couldn't wait to attend class Then elementary school happened.
I wrote a post about kids waking up early on school days and how she was so excited to go to school because she had something fun to look forward to. Shouldn't each day at school be a fun and nurturing environment?!
I honestly have to wonder what public school has come to. Is it teachers not having enough time to prep, an unruly class, or maybe just not having access to the proper resources? It makes me sad. I don't like to be the one who forces my daughter to attend class because that is what is socially acceptable. I am not that kind of Mom or person. If she thinks it doesn't fulfill her and make her happy then maybe it isn't the best decision for her at that time. I don't have all the answers but what I can do is offer some nurturing and allow her to make her own decisions.
Just imagine when she's an adult and has to listen to her inner guidance and with the tools I'm helping her use now she is going to be unstoppable.
Picking My Battles with School
I decided to pick my battles when it came to fighting about school this year. I don't have many rules but one rule I do have is education is essential so if you are going to miss school you are either sick or you're doing homeschooling. If you're sick you have to stay in bed and rest but if you're not you are going to be doing a full day of learning and school work. And that's what we've done!
Comparing last year to this year and her emotions around attending the class I have to say this is the best decision we have made. Pick your battles. Luckily for me, I have the opportunity to allow my kids to stay home and am able to teach them and make learning fun.
For Cheyenne, emotionally this new rule has changed her outlook on school 100% and there are no fights about going. When she doesn't want to attend she decides she'll be staying home and doing a homeschool day and that's just what we do. As a family, we make decisions that make all of us happy and I want to see my kids with a smile on their faces!
Call me a bad Mom for not sending my daughter to school I don't care because I'm picking my battles.
How do you pick your battles?