We all need to learn in order to grow and develop,parents too! That's why education is important but school isn't.It doesn't matter where you learn or when you learn it as long as you continue to search out new things. That's why when you are struggling with home education, as we all do at times,it's good to take a step back and instead of asking "What should I be teaching my children" perhaps we should ask"What do I want to know?"
Because an interested teacher is a motivated and enthusiastic teacher and that shines through.
Of all the parents of children with Autism that I know,the ones that shine through are the ones that get on and do things in spite of their child's autism. It doesn't mean they don't struggle or get down but they have learned to set goals and go for them and, surprisingly, it is their achievements which improve their own quality of life ( and often that of their autistic children too)
This week, after four years, one friend has published an ebook about autism http://www.hesnotnaughty.co.uk/ Having struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis of not one but two of her children and the attitudes she found towards her when she was struggling in public to control them she decided to do something about it.
Another friend took up running and discovered a passion which she could share with her family.
Yet another writes a fabulous blog about her hill walks with her son Evan in the Lakes district. She is inspirational and has shown just how much can be achieved through home education, and yet another has just completed the great North run!
I am surrounded by positive people and it rubs off!
So that just leaves me - what have I learned this week?
We entered Benny and Rusty for the first time in our local dog show (we didn't win anything, but it's the taking part that counts,right?) But don't worry we'll be back next year now we know the judge prefers spaniels (just have to work on the spaniel fancy dress costumes for our border terrier and black labrador)
Oh, and did I mention I've taken up running? It's a twelve week course called from Couch to 5K and I've just about got off the couch at the moment but watch this space- with all the nudges and winks going on in our family it's like a red rag to a bull. I'll show them!