At the beginning of June Jeff and I headed off to celebrate our anniversary, and take a week to reevaluate it all while the kids stayed with grandparents. One of our decisions during that time is the kids had grown up in the past year, and they were ready for some more responsibility.
So, we decided to give the boys a pocket knife, and Princess got an American Girl doll.
Now, there are some rules to these gifts, the whole point is teaching responsibility.
Rules for using a pocket knife
- Until we say otherwise your pocket knife is not to leave the house.
- Your pocket knife is either in your pocket, or in the drawer next to your bed.
- You may not have your pocket knife out if your friends are over.
- If Mommy or Daddy finds your knife it is in time out for 3 days.
- Always clean your knife after using it.
- Cut away from yourself.
As they become more responsible and prove they can handle the current rules, they will be loosened up. One boy already has his knife in time out because of leaving it out where anyone could take it. I am very thankful to my friend for giving me the rules her son had.
Rules for American Girl Dolls
- They do not go outside.
- When you are not playing with them, they go in their doll bed.
- If I find her laying out on the floor, she will be taken away for 3 days.
- You NEVER cut her hair.
- You do not color on her.
American Girl Dolls are expensive. They are not something to buy on a whim, and I want Princess to understand that, and to treat her doll accordingly. I still want her to play with it, because that’s what dolls are for, but I want her to understand this is a big gift, and it is a privilege, not a right. She has done very well with her doll, and in the month she’s had her has not lost her once.
So, how is this related to homeschooling? Well, I firmly believe that homeschooling isn’t just book knowledge, it’s the ability to function in society as well. One of the necessary skills is responsibility, and you learn that by being given some. In all truth, these are not big responsibilities for an adult, but for an 8 and 6 year old, these are huge.
So, what responsibilities have your kids received lately? Or what real life homeschooling has gone on with you? Share what you’ve been up to in the linkie.
And see what the other hosts have been doing for a real life homeschool, then I’ll see you back in a month for the next one.
The Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop co-hosts are:
Tabitha from Meet Penny
Jill from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
Aurie from Our Good Life
Amy from Are We There Yet?
Sonya from Becoming a Strong Woman of God
Heather from Homeschooling on Faith and Coffee
Leann from Hands on Homeschooler
Sherri from Our Front Porch Looking In
Erin from Royal Baloo
Renee from Next Gen Homeschool
Megan from Homeschooling etc.
Stephanie from Bowmania
Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom
Karyn from Teach Beside Me
Jamie from Walking in High Cotton
Selena from Look! We’re Learning!
Rebecca from Homeschooling Autism and More
Andrea from No Doubt Learning
Stacey from Layered Soul
Lisa from Farm Fresh Adventures
Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road
Rachel from Rooms of Knowledge
Marla from Marla’s Motherhood Musings
Dusty from To the Moon and Back
Kelli from Adventurez in Child ‘Rearing