“Make sure that every single year you reevaluate. Whether this is working for you as a couple, whether this is working for the kids, whether this is working for your family as a whole.”
This was advice that a homeschool facilitator gave to Worldschooler Jaime Salonen, my next guest on episode 007 which airs in 2 weeks. I feel this advice is important for every parent, whether they home educate, unschool, worldschool or follow the traditional public school system.
With Back to School just around the corner for many in Canada, and already started for many families in the US, this episode I take time to talk about the importance of reflection for a family and some strategies we can use.
Reflection is important because we are taking the time to evaluate where we are, what we are doing and if these actions are still working for us or still reflect our values and beliefs.
Are we living a happy, thriving life? Do we need a change? Is this a complete change in how we live, a paradigm shift or is it a few minor adjustments?
What key steps can you take to get to this process?
Taking time out to think about and list your family’s education goals, family values and priorities. Do this on your own and then together as a family. These goals and values can include:
Think about and write down your values and beliefs around education and learning. When did they start to form? Reflect how and where you created these beliefs for yourself and others.
Talk to others from differing backgrounds and ask questions.
You actually don’t have to wait for summer to come around to start the reflection process. It’s essential to do this throughout the year. Then we have a better idea of how we can move forward tomorrow, next mont, or next year. Sometimes it’s a great time to open communication with our children, friends and family.
Our kids are always telling us in words, actions or subtle ways that we need to STOP AND LISTEN. They have important things to say.