it’s free…

The kids are really into going to the tip shop and charity shops. I get that it is like a treasure trove and you never know what you will find. The thing I find hard is that often it is because they just want to spend the money, “its burning a hole in your pocket”…

homework

I don’t like homework as I have seen how it is detrimental to parent child relationships, all that nagging, all that implying that whatever project the kid had in their head is less important than what someone external to the family believes is important… I did get kids to take home stuff they didn’t finish…

leaving her to it

Recently I have been leaving Helena to her own devices, more than usual, as I am painting the house (she has been offered $ to help) and working on the sleep out (I thought she would be interested but no..). I am modeling er something I hope. Helena has found her own project and it…

Wasting time

Concentration, single mindedness, dedication and creativity… this was some of the qualities my darling showed today. There was a hiccup in the middle when I had a small tantrum about finding the lounge floor once again completely covered in stuff but after mutrual rants she came up with a clever compromise to work in her…

everyday can be an opportunity..

A little thing I have noticed is that when we had to get up for school it was an effort, when we get up for Everyone Out it is an effort, even though we really like it, yet when we get up at home on the whole Helena bounds out of bed whether I am…

Listening to my kid

Helena and her not quite 7 year old friend/neighbor are planning a lemonade stand. I’ve heard cooperation, them building on each others ideas and I’m listening now to how they keep each other focused on the task at hand. they are : Planning signs, bunting – marketing, presentation Making a list of what they need…

Is lego just lego?

The kids are playing lego, or is it playing with lego? So far they have discussed: the increase of motivation you get when you are “paid”.. (they are paying each other in desirable pieces to find other pieces), equality, fairness, vegetarianism, the qualities of various pieces (using words to describe a piece in a mutually…

a Project.

I can’t always tell which of Helena’s project ideas are just her spewing ideas or something that she really wants to come to fruition so when she tells me a new idea I am guilty of: not fully listening, being agreeable but not helpful, being wrong when I run with a project that was just…

one of the things I like about my kid

She puts the same value on the stuff she makes as she does on the plastic stuff which comes in a box. She collects natural things that she places so much value on she carts them around for ages… yellow leaves, blossoms, pine cones, sticks etc. Check out her plastic slide vs her cardboard one,…

Putting together

After all the pulling apart the 40 year old plastic meccano came out.. Here is everyone queuing (an ongoing theme of Helena’s) for a turn to have something made for them.. There was a little bit of following the instructions but lots had to be adapted to the individual needs of each client. She liked…