I married Superman

Ok. So maybe my husband can’t actually fly, shoot lasers from his eyes, or wear a red cape. But he IS a super human being: an amazing husband and father. His powers are manning our 4 children, making delicious meals and taking care of the household chores while I’m at work.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t have the same kind of patience he does, nor do I have the same cooking skills he does. Being away from the kids for a short period, makes me a better parent. Which is why I work and my hubby stays home. With my first child, it was the other way around. I stayed home for almost 5 years while he went to work.

I recently read a post from a SAHM on one of my FB groups and it made me sad. Her spouse was complaining and asked her what she does all day at home with the kids because the house was a mess. The thing is, I think A LOT of people seem to think that being a stay-at-home parent is easy. Because they are home, there should be time to do everything right?

It’s amazing how much time and effort goes into looking after a child, especially if they’re not of school age. They either need to be fed, changed or entertained by something/someone other than the TV. The only time you have to get things done, is if they’re napping or you have help from a family member or nanny. And if you throw 2 or more kids into the picture..whoa. It’s like a zoo! I don’t know how my hubby does it all week, but I get pretty frazzled watching all 4 of my kids for a day. On my watch, hardly anything gets done and the house looks like a tornado hit it. I’m either the peace keeper between my two boys, catering to the needs of a baby, or going over school work with the oldest.

It’s very rare to meet a stay-at-home dad. So hats off to all the dads out there who are just like my husband. You deserve to be recognized just like all the hard-working moms!

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Homeschool vs Unschool Q&A

Some families choose to homeschool, and some prefer to Unschool.  But what’s the diff?

Homeschooling is providing your child with education inside the home.  Most families typically choose a more formal structure similar to what you would find st school or private school.

Unschooling advocates learner-chosen activities.  Students learn through life experiences which include personal interest, travel, household responsibilities, etc.

The question I get the most is How do your kids get socialization? 

First of all, my kids interact with myself and husband all the time. They play with other kids just like everyone else.  As homeschoolers, there are homeschool groups across the globe.  So finding one near you shouldn’t be too hard.  We belong to one in our city and have get-togethers all the time, with kids of various ages.

Since my children are exposed to various ages, it has taught them how to communicate and interact with different people.

There are also extracurricular activities like sports, dance, etc, which also allow for socializing.

The only difference in socialization between a child who goes to school versus one who is homeschooled: 

• Homeschooled kids are exposed to more adult conversation and kids of various ages.  

• Children who go to school typically only interact with other children in the same age group, aside from their teacher.

Is homeschool/Unschool even legal?

I can’t speak for the US, but in Canada, YES.  Most provinces allow homeschooling/unschooling. However, it is best to check with your province or state as the laws may vary.

Where do you get your curriculum?

There are so many different curriculum to choose from out there, most of which are US & Christian based.  We try to follow what is taught in our local private schools.   (I will provide a short list at the end).

Here in Ontario, there is a Homeschool conference each year that you can attend for a small fee.  It is a great place to start if you are thinking of homeschooling. (www.ochec.org)

When and how do you start?

You can start at any time and as soon as your child is ready to learn.  Some parents, like myself choose to homeschool/Unschool from the get-go.  Others, may choose this route later on, after the child has already attended school.

What about high school or college/university?

You can homeschool/Unschool all through high school level if you choose.  Some families will send their kids to high school after being homeschooled/unschooled.

There are lots of colleges and universities that recognize home education.  But it is best to look into this and the requirements.  In Ontario (Canada), the other option is to have your child complete their GED before applying to college/university.

RESOURCES

Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents

www.ontariohomeschool.org

Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page

www.flora.org

HSLDA (US & Canada)

www.hslda.org

US Department of State

www.state.gov

CRHE (for US citizens)

www.responsiblehomeschooling.org

CURRICULUM

A Beka

www.abeka.com

Alpha Omega Publications

www.aop.com

McGraw-Hill Education
www.mheducation.com

Pearson 
www.pearsonhomeschool.com

Pearson School Canada

www.pearsoncanadaschool.com

Sonlight

www.sonlight.com

Life With Boys

Remember in grade school when us girls used to think boys were weird, gross or had cooties?  Well..after having 2 boys, I can say that they are an interesting breed. They ARE weird and sometimes gross!

There are things/traits I have come to learn and never would have known until now.  Here are the top   10 things I’ve learned about boys under 5 yrs old:

1.  Boys like to stick things up their nose or in their ears.  Why? I have no clue. See exhibit A.


2.  Boys are messy..like really messy! My house gets messier faster than I can clean it.  I swear a tornado blows through my house every day.

3.  Boys are whiny and cry babies..more than little girls.  Seriously.  My daughter was needy when she was little, but never an emotional wreck like my two boys.
4.  Boys are very hands-on and like to touch EVERYTHING.  I never understood why baby proofing the house was necessary until I had my boys.  Now I know 😂

5.  This one was new to me, but I did not realize boys liked playing with their penis at a really young age.  It’s like a kiddie version of American Pie. 

6.  Boys naturally like to wrestle with each other.  

7.  They like to eat dirt.  Yuck!

8.  Boys think it’s fun to fart or make farting noises.  They also think the word “Poo” is hilarious and might incorporate it into songs.  Weirdos!

9.  Boys like to play with girl toys and sometimes dress up like one. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

10.   Baby boys smell different than baby girls.  

Do you have boys? What did you learn that was new to you that you didn’t know before?