There has been much chat of late in our house about futures and what each child desires for their adulthood. As parents we have always held that childhood is the time to prepare for being an adult. It is the reason the children do chores and have school. It is the reason we don’t have TV or computer games. We want the children to use their time profitably, focusing on building skills they might use in their future.
It is once again, a complete privilege to be a home schooling mummy to these incredible human beings. I love, love, love that they chat away to me, sharing their dreams and visions for a bright and productive future. I love that they have ambitions and want them to dream big and free, following God’s lead with the opportunities He places in their path.
T11, as our eldest child, has the most refined and thought-out goals of our eldest children. He is so focused and driven; so hard-working and (most of the time) delights in stretching that brain of his, especially if it has anything to do with science.
He has asked, and we have granted, that he be allowed to take more responsibility for his own education. Although he still wants to continue studying history with us (afternoons), he has asked that he might organise the rest of his study day himself. I delight in him asking, in his willingness to have more autonomy. It does not scare either myself or his father. He is so ready and we have absolutely no concerns.
Yes, I am very happy to hand the reins of his education over to him. In reality he has always been a force to be reckoned with and it is this force that drives much of his own learning. This moment has always been one I have desired for each of my children. After all, to own their own learning is to own their own future.