They would struggle in school

Unlike some home educators we are extremely lucky to have supportive family and friends. We have not experienced much negativity about the education we have chosen for our children (apart from the odd slightly raised eyebrow) despite it being a less than conventional path. My mum in particular has been tremendously supportive and has championed our home ed choices to a few of her more sceptical friends. Last week she told me how a friend of a friend, a teacher, had commented that most home educated children she had come across during her teaching career had struggled to settle at school, lacking some key skills and knowledge expected of their peers. My initial reaction was to shrug the comment off in a ‘what does she know’ kind of way. Then I got defensive. Then I started to really think about her comment, and finally here I am writing a response, because sometimes that’s the only way I can get my thoughts in order. Read more

Lego love


This weekend has had a bit of a theme… LEGO. Martin and the girls spent most of yesterday creating. Well, Martin did lots of creating of intricate lunar buggies and fabulous flying machines which the girls then played with, much to their father’s disgust (apparently LEGO creations are for looking at on a shelf!) However, it must have inspired them because they were both in full creative mode this morning, with all sorts of models being built before they had even had breakfast. Read more

Challenges always result in learning

1440447781788I’m still here blogging, this is the 6th consecutive day of my blogging challenge… woo hoo! It has certainly been a challenge so far but after yesterday’s wobble I’m going to stop over-thinking things and just write what’s on my mind or what we’ve been up to.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what a challenge actually is. There are many things in life that can change you as a person. Some things, such as bereavement or traumas can completely de-rail us, and often we are very different people after. But such life altering events, for me, are not challenges. We have no control over them and are swept along on a tide of emotion. We are not making choices. There are no end results we are trying to achieve other than to stay afloat. Read more

Challenges part 1

1440270804897Today is day 4 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge and believe me, it’s not easy going. It is certainly not helped by the fact that my lovely hubby has run off to Edinburgh with the laptop and I’m having to type out days 3-5 on my aging Kindle which has an unpredictable and frankly almost supernatural glitch in its delete key. Read more

Losing my locks and a lesson learned

1440068456664I am not one to intentionally stand out from the crowd. I am an introvert and prefer to watch from the side-lines unless I am with a group of people I am really comfortable with. I am more comfortable blending in than attracting the small talk of strangers. Just ask a mum of twins, the owner of a Great Dane or a vintage car driver how many times a day people stop them for a quick chat. We recently made a choice for our family which deviates from what the majority of families do d makes us stand out a bit, we have begun to educate our children at home. It has raised a few eyebrows amongst family and friends but so far I have avoided the questions and small talk of strangers. When out and about during term-time I have found smiling and nodding in response to queries such as ‘No school today?’ does the trick. It is not that I am ashamed of our choice by any means, I just want to get on my way. So, you would think that my appearance would be pretty mainstream. The mumsy look doesn’t really attract much attention after all. You would be right, at least up until this past weekend, when I shaved all my hair off!  Read more