Not Again: How On Earth Do I Answer This One?
- Monday, June 23, 2003
"But I want to be a racecar."
"Son, you're 2 years old. Give your career goals some TIME. Oh, look! There's the park."
Conversations with a 9-year-old can be just as offbeat. Like the time this same funny boy came to me extremely concerned that our dog, Liesel, possibly thought that he was just a fellow canine.
He said, "But Mom, how do you know that she knows I'm a person? Maybe she thinks I am another dog. I don't want her to think I'm like the other dogs around here. I'm really human. Do you think she knows?"
"Yes, Son, she knows."
"But how do you know that she knows? She can't see herself, so she may not know what she is, or what I am."
"Trust me. She knows that she's a dog and you are a boy. A human boy."
"But how do you know that?"
"I just do. She is quite aware that you are NOT a dog like her."
"How can you be sure?"
"Go clean your room."
"Can my hen climb down a tree?"
"No, that would be impossible."
"I put her up there and she's cackling."
"What on earth ... how high?"
"You know ... that pine tree out front. And the rooster is at the bottom, all nervous."
"Well, I'd be, too, if my spouse were trapped in a tree! Go get her down!"
Now that he is older, the questions aren't so unbaked. Instead, they're really intense. Lately I hear myself saying, "Go ask Dad. That's a dad question."
I don't remember being this inquisitive in school. Nor do I recall my friends with imaginations like his. And it's not just my family.
This "ever-curiousness" seems to be somewhat the norm in homeschool families. The kids are hanging out with their parents, so they ask grown-up questions earlier. They are afforded individual attention, so their time is better spent learning.
They get enough sleep, avoid threats from bullies (usually, anyway), and can relax. They have the freedom to learn without worry of peers, worry of teachers, worry of what's to come.
A homeschool house does not have a "sheep mentality." It's a living, breathing "think tank" that will challenge you in more ways than you can imagine. And across the board, homeschooled students carry on very well; you know this.
Keep up the good work and when you are at times tempted to rip out your hair, remember that your little talker will someday be a brainy adult ... an independent thinker who will make a positive societal impact. To be sure, you are giving him an opportunity that is unmatched.
Gena Suarez is the co-publisher/co-editor in chief of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com). She and her husband, Paul, the other "co," reside in Cool, Calif. with their four homeschooled children, Paul, Luke, Levi and Julia. Comments on this piece can be directed to gena@TOSMag.com.
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