With younger workers entering the workforce every
year, and each of them with increasing well-glazed qualifications, many old-timers
in the workforce are feeling the pressure of losing their jobs. Most people
believe that to compete with fresh faces, further education or retraining is a
sure-fire to keep them relevant.
After all, you have more experience than recent
graduates, and now, you have degrees like they do. Plus, if you always show up
on time and have good relationships with coworkers, there is no way you will be
out of class by some beginners. Or, at least, that’s what most of us like to
But if you look at the details of why older people are
losing their jobs, you would see why getting an extra degree may be all just
about giving yourself a false sense of security. People need to feel that they
are in control of their lives, or at least, they need to feel that they are putting
in an effort to change their fates. The truth, however, couldn’t be further
from what they think.
First like talk about staying relevant. Unless you are
in an industry that is facing revolutionary changes in technology, such as in
the 80s when computers began to replace most of the paperwork processes in the
economy; You can’t be irrelevant in your work when you actually do it every day
An engineer who works every day, but without the last
degree from college; less relevant than recent graduates? If you are the boss,
will you really rely on new graduates? Of course, a company needs to constantly
bring young blood, but the new man will need training from the old man, that’s
for sure. Whatever it is, a financial diploma or MBA will not make engineers
Afterschool activities, homeschool get-togethers, and coffee
with friends while the kids played were a large part of our pre-travel days.
Melbourne has an abundance of activities, excursions, and groups for
homeschoolers, spoiling us for choice of activities to participate in. We
usually went along to along to a few each week. Then there were the afterschool
activities; swimming, tennis, drama, pottery, gymnastics, dancing, violin
lessons etc that we did at various times. How would we go without these?
We have missed the homeschool get-togethers, and gatherings
at friends’ houses. There isn’t actually a substitute that we’ve found for them
‘on the road’. HEA have a wonderful resource on their website for finding other
homeschool groups as we travel. We haven’t actually done much of this, though,
there is the potential there when we feel the need. There have been phone calls
and emails at times back to friends in Melbourne, who are still thought of as
if we had seen them only a few weeks ago.
We thought that kids would probably appreciate being able to
converse with other travelling children. That’s a bit harder to do than say, as
travelling families in Australia are spread out across the country. Therefore,
the ability to have an online chat in a protected environment for registered
users only here is a promising new resource. It has been organised for the kids
to be able to chat at 9am on Friday mornings, and 5pm on Monday nights
(Melbourne time) We are homeschoolers, even before we started travelling, but
have tried schools a few times so that the kids can interact with some other
children. Peter and Susan tried two different country schools in Victoria for
two weeks each to have a play. Peter really liked one of them, and found that
As children grow the best things for them to learn and play with include
things which are geared toward more science educational toys. They can learn
and have fun at the same time. Educational toys help younger children brains
develop at a faster rate. Science teaches them not only how things work or how
things can be made but also how things in nature and the Earth works and why.
These can be fun for the entire family to enjoy and join in on the creating and
One fun and colorful scientific wonder toy is that of special brightly
colored sand which when placed in water stays dry. Once it is in the water your
child can then have the task of creating different shapes and forms with use of
a straw. Another sand related activity is being able to play at digging of
cosmic rocks. These are made from Tektites which are meteorite fragments that
your child can actually dig into and explore.
They can also grow there very own crystals easily by a kit which includes
everything they need. The chemicals within dissolve once they are added to
water and then turn into brilliantly glowing crystal like formations. This only
takes a few minutes for the chemicals to take affect, then your child can enjoy
there new crystal display for weeks even months to come. This helps teach them
a little about chemistry and how certain things combine together.
A classic educational toy which also habitats living things is that of the
Ant Farms of the early days and still high in popularity today as well. Only
now these great farms have new technology to make them even better. Some have
illuminated LED colored lights to let your ants live in color. This also …
When my child was in the 2nd grade, and her teacher asked me
why I didn’t sign her “homework” notebook, I told her it was because
I was raising a “thinking” child.
It’s the same reason I didn’t:
Go through my kids backpacks every day
Pick out my child’s clothes
Decide if they would bring lunch or buy lunch
Make their lunch if they decided to bring it
Sit in the classroom and “observe”
Make a special trip to school to drop off a
forgotten instrument, pair of cleats or science project
Talk to the teacher about my child’s
“performance” without my child present
And 100 other decisions I made about my role in
my child’s educational experience
I believed my primary job was to prepare my kids to leave
home at 18 with the confidence necessary to make hundreds of decisions each
day, the ability to overcome whatever challenge or obstacle they encounter and
to do so with a sense of courage, curiosity and enthusiasm. That is how I
defined my job as a mother. I made that decision when my first child came home
from Kindergarten with a list of “expectations” the teacher had of
Truth be told, when I sat down with my children’s teachers
and explained my philosophy, they were, for the most part, supportive. So I
have nothing to complain about.
But recently, some of my closest and smartest friends have
been struggling with balancing their decision to raise thinking kids and with
the school expectations that parents play an “active” role in their
child’s educational experience.
Here are a few tips on how to balance your decision to raise
thinking kids (who are often, late, messy and leave their stuff behind in the
car) with the schools request for over-involved parents.…
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