6/04/2014

Why I Want to Homeschool, and Why I Think You Should Too

Hey there! So today's post is going to be my opinion on homeschooling versus public school. I went to public school my whole life, so I know how public school is. I also went to lots of schools and know all about the differences they can have. I never thought about homeschooling until recently. I have a 9 month old son and I can't remember exactly what it was that made me start thinking about his education. I just remember that homeschooling sounded like an okay idea and I thought I would look into it. The more I did the more I love it!
Okay so let's get right into it!
Reasons why I want to homeschool, in no particular order:

  • Freedom! The first thing that really got me thinking about homeschooling was the freedom. I just remember thinking "wouldn't it be nice to be able to take my kids on field trips and vacations whenever we wanted!". Truth is: YES! It would be an amazing thing! And the other, crazier truth is it is a reality! Many homeschooling families go on vacations when other children are in school, making it less expensive and meaning there are less crowds. Also might be easier to get off work because, well, no one else is asking for it! 
  • Educational Freedom! This was the second biggest thing to me. I can teach my kids how I see fit. Meaning I will be able to incorporate gospel doctrine into my teachings. It also means that my kids can spend more time on subjects they want, learning what interests them. I feel that public schools can stifle a child's interests and their personality. I don't like that kids learn to hate learning or not want to learn outside of school. They think learning is only for school, and they dread the word "homework". At least I know I did!
  • No Bullying! No one wants their kid to be bullied. Right? It's just a fact. Good, loving parents do not want their children to be bullied. So naturally I don't either. But here is the sad truth: parents think it's inevitable and just allow it to happen. I don't like that train of thought, but I used to be like that. I was under the assumption that it would be good for my kids to have that experience. That they needed to know what it was like so they could handle it in their adult lives too. Here's the, no, here's one problem with that: I haven't been bullied as an adult. Yeah I run into people that I think are rude or that I don't like, yada yada, but I can't recall being bullied. I know it happens to some people but I think as an adult it's considered abuse and it's something, we as adults, know to get out of. (Geez! I'm going on and on! Haha sorry but I am very passionate about this point.)
    So anyways, I know I can't stop bullying completely! If you let your kids go outside your house, chances are they will be bullied at some point. So by homeschooling I reduce the risk substantially. I wont shelter my kids from everything. Actually the opposite! I WANT my kids to experience life! I want them to be immersed into as many cultures and experiences as they can! So yeah! Homeschooling will reduce bullying, plus I can be there to help my kids get through it and they wont be afraid to come to me. My main point is that parents shouldn't just throw their children to the wolves, instead if we all taught our kids how to be well mannered there wouldn't be any wolves in the first place. But we know that that wont happen. So instead I'm going to teach my kids to be awesome at home and they can reflect that in the real world. 
  • Closer Relationships! My children will want to come to me with questions and concerns and we will have a closer relationship throughout their lives. I don't know about you, but I want my kids to want to come to me with EVERYTHING! And yes I mean EVERYTHING! :)
  • Learn What They Want! I mentioned this a bit earlier, but I love the idea that my children can learn more of what they love and less of what they don't. And they can spread the time out by spending more time on what the love and get through the other stuff fast and be done. I also love that they can be themselves! They don't have to please their peers! 
  • Peer Pressure Gone! Okay, so chances are they will still get a little bit of peer pressure in sports or play dates or something. But they wont be in school 6-8 hours a day with children their own age telling them that in order to be "cool" they have to ______. I am grateful to know that my kids wont have to deal with that and that when they do experience they will come to me and learn how to deal with it instead of being scared they wont fit in, like at school. And since they have to go out of their way to make friends (good for helping with making them social), they are less likely to be friends with someone that tries to make them do something they don't like.
Well, that's my list so far! :) What are some reason's why you would want to homeschool? And what are some reason's you wouldn't want to? Keep it friendly! :)

5/14/2014

Top 6 Biggest Fears!

Hello guys!! I am SO happy to be writing again! My dang computer was in the "doctors office" getting fixed because the last time I had to take it in the had to reset it or something and it deleted the antivirus software and they didn't put it back on. So my computer was flippin out on me for about a week. But now it is fixed!! :) So now I can entertain you all with my wonderful words! Hehe!

Okay so I thought for today's post I would write about my biggest fears! So lets get to it! (These are in no special order.)
  • Bears! Hands down, bears scare the poo out of me! They are the things of my nightmares! And it is all because I watched a movie called The Edge (don't recommend it). I was 17 and I slept in my parents bed that night haha I am a HUGE scaredy cat! Like seriously... its a little embarrassing.. at least it would be if I cared! Haha, which I don't. People can know how much of a pansy I am, I don't care. (Weirdly enough I have always wanted to go to Bear World...)
  • Spiders! Spiders give me the heeby geebies! (I just shuddered a little thinking about it.) So I know a lot of people are scared of spiders, but my reasoning comes from a little true story about my childhood. Okay, so my older brother and sister were my awesome idols and I liked to do what they did (who doesn't?) ANYWAYS, so I went with them to their friends house when I was like six-ish and we were all playing in the backyard and my brother's friend had a little tent set up in the backyard. In the tent he had a bunch of spiders, which he liked to collect. So him and my brother went in and I followed them in. Then my brother's friend went out and locked my brother and I in, then he let my brother out and left me in, and then shook the tent so that the spiders would move along the tent walls. AH! Eventually my brother and sister tackled the guy and let me out.
  • Losing one of my children. I think that is really all there is to say. I couldn't handle losing one of my children. 
  • Losing my husband. I don't even want to think about this one.
  • HEIGHTS! I am TERRIFIED of falling off of things. I guess this one should really say falling, not heights. But falling from a great height is the scariest!
  • Not being able to have anymore children. Now I know that this isn't the worst thing in the world. I could adopt (I plan to actually) but it would be really sad if I couldn't have anymore of my own children. I LOVE being pregnant and giving birth to someone that is a part of me. It is a wonderful feeling and I really am sad for those that can't feel it themselves. I do thing adoption is amazing though.
Well, what are YOU afraid of? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment!

4/30/2014

Vlog Family Update

I did an update on our family on my Youtube channel! Check it out here!

So, I have a Youtube channel that I started a year ago to be a beauty channel but I recently decided that I am not the best beauty guru that ever lived and it isn't really my passion. So a couple days ago I decided to change it. Now I'll be doing vlogs, family fun we have, I'll answer questions that anyone has about anything, I will also be doing random videos, like tags and challenges (if I feel brave enough, I'll do some singing ones, because I like to sing). So check it out and let me know if you have a request for anything or a question you want answered. I'll do my best for you guys! :) 

Loves!

Have you ever wanted a Youtube channel of your own? If you had one what would you do it about?