Most parents live with the misconception that school is a place where children go to learn and become the best they can be. Somewhere where you can be assured that the educational system is set up so that your child is best placed to become an intelligent and high-functioning citizen in a new and fast-paced world. However, the reality is that our current schooling system is set up to produce two types of graduates - the winners and the losers...more
A few years ago I wrote my very first post about parenting in the absence of television. Those very first days of removing the television for any significant length of time were torture! Our children did not know what to do with themselves. They experienced television withdrawal, insisting on forcing themselves to take naps at odd times, hoping that they would wake to their television plugged back in and safely where it belonged. And finally, their (then, schooling) friends did not want to visit because we had a 'boring' house with nothing to do but stare at blank walls apparently!
It was then that I realised we had a problem. Surely staring at walls when a televison wasn't on, wasn't normal was it?...more