Unschool: Think Outside The Walls

Months ago, when I said “I just want him to slow down and be a kid while his brother does school,” it didn’t sit right with me.

I didn’t want to stifle his interests, but school was a chore for us growing up and homeschool started to feel like a chore also. I mean, learning isn’t fun right?

WRONG. Compulsory education isn’t fun. Spontaneous learning is a blast! Why should we “force” our children to learn in a way that our culture is pressuring when it fails time and again? Is it really valuable information if the individual does not value it?

We know that public school fails us, but why? Newsflash (if you haven’t been around small children lately)!! Children aren’t designed to sit still in a chair for 5+ hours each day, stay quiet, write what we say, and absorb what they are told. That’s not how it works. We can cater to most of their needs… So, why not the most valuable asset a human holds?! The capacity to learn should be cherished, grown, and modeled.

In the United States, we put children in classrooms and pressure them to regurgitate information that a group of people say is valuable. What about living life? Isn’t that valuable, too? Shouldn’t we promote the curiosities of our children and help them explore this world and create a love for life and learning instead of a hatred of school?

In school, we give clear expectations and require children to meet those expectations. In life, there are no expectations… it requires of us to be creative and problem-solve without being told what to do and when to do it. If we want to grow a generation of “innovators” then it is time to ALLOW them to be innovative by nurturing their curiosities, growing their love for learning, and valuing their capacity to do so. Learning should be modeled as a lifelong process, for that is where innovation is found.

It didn’t sit right with me when I said I wanted my second-born to “still be a kid.” because I was stripping that right away from my 5-year-old… who is still a kid.

Shalom, light, and love.

Sites to consider:

Do You Remember September 12th, 2001?

Research has shown that when groups of people experience the same trauma, it brings them closer together.

This is witnessed in what happened on September 11th, 2001. Following that event was a week full of patriotism. Stores were sold out of flags for months. The country came together and UNITED. This is not what we see today.

What we should not forget is not the trauma of that day, but the aftermath of a country united as one. We should remember September 12th.

The media would like to report the hatred, division, and negativity in the world… but that is a distraction from what we witness in our communities if we just took a moment to look around. We see people working to create this society, we see people helping each other, and we see the beauty of humanity more than we see what the media would like to be our reality.

Because, you see, living in fear keeps you distracted and keeps us divided. Living in the present, being mindful of our surroundings, brings to focus what is most important to us. How do you choose to live today?

Let me tell you, being united does not fit the agenda. People coming together is the media and our gov’t worst fear. This is exactly why high-tension topics and events are highlighted in the news during election season. This gives us the illusion of division. We, Americans, would have total control of our country and our future if we would turn off the noise and live purposefully.

Instead of bickering over how we can control each other, we would support the purpose of those around us… thus, enabling each other to live to our full potentials with many little acts of kindness. September 11th, 2001 is a good reminder of the brevity of life, as are many traumatic events. We hold our families closer and thank those that risk their lives for others.

Hate cannot drive out fear, only understanding and love can do that. This is a country where that is possible, if you seek to remember September 12th, 2001. Will you add to the beauty or be the noise?

Shalom, light, and love.

Your Clean Routine: Healthy or Harmful?

When I was newly pregnant with my firstborn, we made lots of changes at home. I was also taking microbiology. I learned many valuable things here about cleaning. Let’s be honest, my husband does most of the cleaning in our home… so HE learned lots. I help, I do…

Anyways. We are organisms, duh. But more importantly, we are COVERED in organisms. They live on us and in us. An average of 10lbs of our gut flora is microbiota. Fascinating. I’m sure everyone has heard of being “too clean.” That’s right. You destroy all your natural protections (including your environment, skin, and digestive tract) and you’ll be battling chronic illness. There was a study that showed 60% of contaminants in water when placed on the skin, were absorbed systemically. Skin is your first layer of defense; it’d be wise to protect it!

So what about our homes? I understand sanitizing public areas, ick, but what about our houses? As a general rule, our germs in our own homes won’t kill us, so there is no need to try and sanitize every surface. If you regularly have visitors or someone is sick, sure, take extra cleaning measures. But, there is really no indication for heavy cleaning products (antibacterials, antivirals, antiseptics, you get the point?) and too much in your toilets could kill your septic! That leads to additional maintenance and is toxic to the environment. No septic? You realize that water gets recycled? Help those microorganisms do their job, don’t kill them. We live in this environment, might want to help it flourish. What’s more is: this is about YOU!

You could be contaminating yourself with those cleaners in your immediate environment…
•If you won’t spray it on your skin, why is it on your floors and counters that you touch?
•If you won’t inhale it, why are you spraying it in your air?
•If you won’t pour it on your body, why do you wash your clothes in it?
•If you won’t ingest it, why do you use it to wash dishes? Those soaps and/or detergents touch the foods you consume and liquids you drink.
Think about it.

Those cleaners don’t entirely wash off, does anyone follow their surface cleaning routine with a power rinse? Do you really think detergents are completely washed off of your clothes (ever use scented?) or soap off your dishes? Those are questions you need to think about when you purchase cleaning products and chemicals at the store. READ THOSE LABELS. Google in the aisle if you must!

No, we didn’t immediately pick up recycling, start bicycling everywhere, and go green; but, we threw out so many harsh cleaning chemicals. Baby steps. We changed our detergents, soaps, and my beauty products. A basic (not antibacterial) soap and water is perfect for everyday cleaning of your home! We stopped using fluoridated toothpaste, a confirmed neurotoxin! No, we aren’t perfect and sometimes you unavoidably buy crappy products that look safe. Or, the company you trusted goes rogue to save money. It happens. Know better, do better.

I don’t know why I didn’t share some of this stuff sooner. I hope this helps you on your journey to better health habits. More to come…

Shalom, light, and love.

 

Sites to consider:
https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
https://www.ewg.org/