As you can see from the majority of the content here at Teach Cook Love, I am really big on "homeschooling" my children. Now, my girls are only 25 months old, 11.5 months old, and not-quite-yet- born. This doesn't stop me. Not at all! In fact this is the best time to teach our little ones. Their tiny little brains are like sponges! AND it gives us the opportunity to show them that learning can be fun!
So, where am I going with this? I tend to blog about my activities with the girs as well as make regular Facebook posts about our time together, so my views on early learning are certainly no secret.Well, recently I had a very well meaning friend of the family take it upon herself to send me a message about the dangers of my practices. Now, if this was someone with whom I had a long-standing "Facebook Relationship" by which she posted to say things like "Happy Birthday to the girls!" or "Congrats on the pregnancy!" I would not mind. This however, was not the case. She had, in fact, NEVER said ANYTHING to me on Facebook before! This is what she decided would be our first FB correspondence:
"...i know you mean well but they are just babies and are only little children once. both you and they should just enjoy their childhood."
I tried to write back to her saying,
"Hi *****! We only do learning activities when it's fun
Violet cries when I stop and says, "More! More""
Don't worry, I'm not a total nutcase drilling them so they can be geniuses."
She, of course, did not want to have an ACTUAL conversation about it, so she disappeared. I then updated my status to read:
...wants to clarify for all of those people who think I'm a nutter stealing my children's childhood by teaching them - it's all play for us! We stop when they are not interested, but normally they BEG for more. Violet cries when I try to stop, Lily yells, "Wanna learn more, Mom!" Rest assured, I am not tying them down and propping their eyes open with toothpicks while I show them flashcards!
Maybe it was petty, but it made me feel better!
Seriously, people, what could you even DO with a young child that was not educational?? I can't even imagine how that would be possible. Seriously, please do tell. Enlighten me!