This picture isn't really related to shelter....except I have been cleaning out my shelter lately.
My closet and the garage this week.
Now, a lot of that trash is there because I forgot to take it out
I was pretty proud of my trash pile.
My out box.
The neighbors were impressed as well with the amount
Ok, had a question about shelter and the homeschooling thing.
I shelter my kids.
There you go.
I grew up very sheltered.
And I wasn't homeschooled - so this isn't just about home vs. public vs. private education.
A lot of things surprise me.
I see things sometimes and I get instant red flags.
(Going to Vegas...lotsa red flags in my head)
I like that.
I like that there are things around me I never got used to because I wasn't exposed to it very much.
It didn't make me weirder or less prepared for life than I would have been. I mean...I was gonna be like this anyway:)
It strikes me as odd
(and keep in mind here my tone is lighthearted and pleasant)
that we shelter ourselves from storms
and that shelter is a good thing
until people relate it to sheltering your kids.
I wouldn't not shelter them from society.
I wouldn't not shelter them from a thunderstorm.
Shelter from a storm doesn't mean you don't know it exists.
You know how to handle it (seek shelter)
You wouldn't freak out that it is all around you.
Yet, you are not in it on purpose.
I do prepare them for thunderstorms.
I teach them what it is.
Give them an umbrella.
But they don't play in it.
They are in it from time to time but not a part of it.
Now fill in the blank of storms with whatever elements of the world you want: from simple conficlt to drugs. I don't have to let them haphazardly encounter something in order to be prepared for it. I am very into giving a child tools for something and information before he needs it. And I am not going to think of everything. I know that. But the unbrella can = scripture, social skills, information, etc.
It isn't a perfect parallel.
But it isn't just semantics either.
It is a paradigm shift of thinking.
We have been led to believe that sheltering our kids is bad.
Except from society...not sheltering my kids is illegal.
We shelter our kids in so many ways.
We don't want them to learn about certain things until we feel the time is right.
We check out their teaches and the environments our children are in.
I just get the question about the kids being sheltered because my kids are home schooled.
It is like #3.
#1 is about socialization.
#2 is about what to teach.
I think shelter rocks.
I like shelter.
Says the sheltered girl who really doesn't know any different.
Not sure if this answers the question.
I am putting this with the other homeschool stuff on the left sidebar.
So - do you think the "sheltering your kids" usually has a good or bad connotation to it?
I really do want to know what other people think.
Remember : happy tones. I can tell if you type angry.
ALTHOUGH...typing angry is a great release of frustration and emotion.
I just try to remember to delete it after I type:)