Monday, October 22, 2012

Filled Under:

Homeschooling with humor

Let's face it.  Our kids are going to get on our last nerve.  We are also going to get under their skin.

I love it when traditional school parents say things like, "I could never homeschool my kid, I don't have the patience, temperament, etc".  All I could think is, "I don't have those things either"... yet I homeschool.

How do I do it?

With humor.

Here are some examples:

Child is in the middle of a melt down on the floor (this could be at home, or in a store).  You stop, bend down, pat them on the head two or three times, and nonchalantly say "you're gonna be ok".  Make sure your sarcasm is dripping.  Then walk away.  They won't have any choice but to stop.

When your kid is telling you what he will or won't do, tell him it is completely up to him.  He can
do either A. or B.  Make sure B is very, very unpleasant.   For example, kid doesn't want to do multiplication today, maybe even ever.  You reply, well you can do multiplication for 15 minutes or your can go scrub the toilet.  You win either way.

Oh, and my favorite... Kid says something crazy.  Mom gets to say something crazy.  So they look at you and say, "why'd you say that?"  You reply... "I thought it was crazy statement day".

I realize this sounds a lot more  like corporal punishment than humor, but understand I say all these things with a smile on my face and a laugh in my heart.  My body language says, You must be kidding, surely, you're kidding right?  It's all that usually needed for them to spot their own absurdities.

I don't just use humor to keep them in line.  I try to make humor a part of our everyday lives.  I pay attention to what they think is funny and try to get a good handle of their sense of humor.  I send them jokes, present them with funny gifts, and just try to keep our home environment as light as possible at all times.

I joke and tease when they are good, and I joke and tease when they are bad.  Keeping such a light hearted feeling in the home, in my opinion, reminds us that we are not in a school with strict rules and dress codes. We are in our home, and we should be enjoying ourselves.



Post a Comment

free readings Home Solution Real Estate Financing Lucepedia Sports and Fitness Train Now Business Economy Global auto car loans car loans insurance Health Information how to prevent diabetes Best Credit Cards Cheap Wedding Dresses Small Business Finance Systems Body Health Home Improvement Services Guide Android Apps and Games fashion design Alcoholism Android Phones Board Games Cheap Tickets and Vacation Packages Online Prevent Child Obesity Prevent Premature Ejaculation Labor Lawyers Home Interior Design Ideas plumbers and carpet cleaning service diet and slimming Beautiful Picture Doctors Dental Care music video art BurningPedia Guide Planning Home Improvement Beauty Cosmetic Web Development Company lawyer requirements Books On Children Education security innovation work iPhone and iPad Turkey The Medical School Barbecue Electric The Linux Documentation Project Mental Health Care New Car Buying Guide House Curtains Dentist All System Education iPhone Specifications Cloud Trading Strategy mortgages and loans Pharmaceutical Info Online Application Service Provider The Masterchef Business Service Delivery Arts and Entertainment Pokerstars Real Money The Masterchef Electric Motors Gadgets Technology Casino Zone Small Business Solutions Home Advice Fashion Design Clothing Adventure Games Health and Fitness Hospital Equipment Plan Life Insurance public transportation services Prevent Premature Ejaculation Best Professional Carpet Cleaning Web Hosting Vehicle Emissions Inspection Drug Abuse Collection Travel Agency Medical Herbs color vision casting Aromatherapy Tips community film Cardio Tips Top Best Home Improvements Article Marketing Colon Cleanse Tips Terms and Conditions of Sale Products for Treating Acne Scars Natural Beauty Products Seo Web Marketing Business Prospects Trade Online Tool House Cleaner Bathing Equipment Financial Solutions Credit Loans Business Insurance Best Supplements Online Affiliate Marketing Web Design Jobs Online Business Degrees Travel and Leisure Hotel Business Online Payment Processor Women Management Criminal Law Marketing Product Webdesign Transportation Services The Marketing Business Prospects Trade Online Shop bed furniture free movies online Direct Hardware Supply Free Download PDF Technology Ipad doctors Specials Medical Dictionary Legacy Landscape Bank South Pacific Carpet Cleaner Best Internet Business Seo Web Marketing Doctor Healthy Doctors Diet Program Health Benefits of Drinking Water ups pills drugs Best Supplements dynasty fine jewelry Ceramic Floor Tile Online Business Degrees Property Residential and Commercial Real Estate All About Medical Bankruptcy Prevent Child Obesity Handbag and Shoes Education of Children physiotherapy school Cheap Airline Tickets Healthy Life PET online Interzoo Rehabilitation Center electric hybrid vehicles Baidu Software Center Automotive Advertising Agencies Health and Care Virtual private network Student Education Technosound Information network energy sources excel archives Classic Car Restoration Defense Audit Banking Travel and holiday Forex Trading Jobs