Adventures in Unschooling

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OK. So I need to rev up my calorie burning to lose the weight that has been sneaking back on since I started working in a very sedentary type job again (I miss the flexibility of home…).

I don’t eat on my lunch hour because I snack on fruits, veggies, salads and nuts all throughout the day instead. So I have a half hour to kill at lunch everyday.

Hmmm…

How about I start running at work?

Oh wait. I don’t really have a pair of running shoes.

So I went and got some. I also bought a nice running jacket so that I wouldn’t be freezing my arse off on the chilly days.

Now I need a place to store that stuff.

So I made one.

Here is my gym bag:

I have been keeping that mesh for a long time and finally found a good use for it. The mesh will keep my shoes airing out so that they don’t get all of my stuff stinky. There is also a smaller pocket for my hair elastic, headband and deodorant. I have a towel wrapped in there for wiping myself off a bit (if needed) and for drying off my shoes (if needed).

The shoes are comfortable. I hardly ever come across that. In my attempt to “break them in” I  have been wearing them all day. I went for a run around the block after lunch and was able to finish a full lap without slowing down (which I have never done before). I am sure that has very little to do with the shoes. Just sayin’…

And I also worked up a sweat on the elliptical and trampoline. I’ll wrap up with some core exercises for my flabby mid-section, have a hot shower and head off to bed.

Tomorrow we are hoping to burn up the tennis courts a bit. Weather permitting. We do live in Canada after all.

We haven’t played since it started snowing and now that the snow is almost all gone we are ready for some racquet action. I need to get my racquet re-gripped this year. I am wondering if I would do a good enough job if I did it myself.

Some childhood experts encourage parents to put their kids on schedules in order to eliminate power struggles over meal times, bedtimes etc. The child gets used to the fact that bed time is always at 7:30 pm or whatever and their bodies tell them that they are tired by that time. It’s a pretty cool idea. But I still don’t believe in scheduling.

I think it causes inflexible, drone-like children. For example. Snack time comes around at 10 am sharp. The children sit at their tables and eat their prescribed cookies or trail mix or apple. They may or may not be hungry but that does not matter. The cues are that it is now time to eat and so they eat.

Eating when you aren’t hungry causes you to ignore your body’s “full” signals. This is common in over-eaters (like myself). There are days when my boys will ask for a snack a mere hour after breakfast. Sometimes it’s closer to 10:30 and sometimes they play right up until lunch without asking for a snack at all.

When they are hungry they get a hand full of nuts, or an apple or orange, or veggies with dip. Basically whatever they ask for. I let them pick their own snack most of the time because everthing in the cupboards or fridge is healthy.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she was saying that her son is so adaptable to late nights, early mornings, and whatever else the day might bring. And he does it all so joyfully. She is certain that he is this way because he is not scheduled. Now, some kids may need to be scheduled. Every child has their own personality and desperately crave order to feel secure (like autistic kids). It’s important to consider your child’s needs first.

I used to put my kids to bed at a set time. I believed that I deserved to have me-time in the evenings. Well, my me-time quickly became poisoned by my frustrations over tantrums etc. Some days they were tired and would go to bed willingly. Others they were wired and would get very upset  that I forced them to go to bed. This created anger amongst all of us and was really quite counter-productive as they wouldn’t go to sleep until they were ready anyways.

We don’t have a set bedtime anymore. That isn’t to say that we don’t corral our kids when it gets too late and send them off to bed but by that time they are happy to go to bed. And we do it all without fuss or tears.

And Trey will often tell us he wants to go to bed and then we go and get him ready for bed. And then he sleeps in a bit in the morning and that is such a treat!

I am also against bedtime routines. You can do it if you want to but I hate being scheduled and restricted like that. When you have a late night, the kids still want to have their bath and stories when they get home. You either have to run through the entire routine or let your kids scream their heads off. Making going to bed the “bedtime routine” has saved us lots of fights.

So in short, yes, I think that routines do raise inflexible children. As with everything it is all having trust that your kids will figure things out without your meddling.

I emailed the vendor who sold me The Stinky Cheese Man and he said he would refund me for the book but not the shipping. Well, I found it online for $0.01 and the shipping was $7. So I guess the jokes on me!

Anyways, I don’t think I will attempt to buy it again. What I read of the other short stories wasn’t all that grand.

Here is the continuation of my alphabet:

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I also made some play dough for the boys yesterday. Trey is playing with it now as I type. I think I will keep searching for a better recipe. The one I used tends to crumble an awful lot. My mom had a Kool-Aid (Yuck!) recipe that I remember held up really well to play. dsc04513

My recipe is much softer than the modeling clay they used to play with so it is still going to be used pretty frequently I imagine.

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This morning we also did some string painting. The boys did well with string and feathers for a bit but then they decided that brushes were more efficient and finished their paintings that way.

I would love to get to the sewing store soon. I want to get some quilting fabric so I can make one of those cute flag banners for the kids’ bedroom. I also want to make a quilt since I found a great little tree quilting square on someone’s blog today.

I am still working out consistently (and feeling pretty sore some days). But I am losing weight! I can’t really tell how much since the battery in my scale is kaput but my pants feel quite a bit looser and I think that that is a better indicator anyways. If only I knew how to get rid of that baby belly now. LOL.

Today I start my first yoga class. I am pretty excited. Maybe I’ll even meet a few good people from my area.

We had lots of fun today. The boys were in a good mood and spent large portions of the day tackling each other and giggling.

The boys painted and we blew bubbles. We read stories and sang Raffi songs. They had a bath while I folded laundry. They built things out of Lego. It was a pretty typical day.

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I even had a chance to do a little bit of shopping:

I went to a “school” store and bought the kids some jingle bells, as well as some feathers and pipe cleaners for crafting. There was also another item that isn’t pictured. I bought a large map of Canada. Spell-ominoes looks like fun. I’ll play it with Kev tonight and see how it really works out but I can’t imagine it not being satisfactory. Each card has a part of a word on each side and you create links by adding letters to make words.

I am still waiting on two special books to come in from Amazon. I am very excited about receiving The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

I also found out something about my diet today. I had cut wheat out as part of a mild detox. I have had some chronic problems (like lethargy and joint pain and headaches) and thought a detox was in order. For a whole week I didn’t eat any of these common offenders. And I was feeling quite well. Last night I cheated and ate some bread. Within 30 minutes I had a monstrous headache. Then at lunch today I wanted to see if it would happen again. Yup! Another monstrous headache after eating wheat.

So now gluten is on my “no-eating” list. We’ll see if that gets rid of a bunch of my problems over the next few months.