It is less than a month until we leave now. We have loads to do before that. And a teething baby and 3 children that needs our attention. Hence the lack of posts here lately. Family comes first. I have so much I want to write about in here but it will have to wait until January. For now, I will just post a quick update on what we are up to.
We have started packing things to bring with us. With that comes a whole lot of decisions as to what to bring, what to leave behind and what to give away for charity. As we are not planning on coming back to permanently living in Sweden again in a long time we try to let go of as much as possible of things we do not need. There is inner work in that too, and it has been an emotional rollercoaster for the last few weeks.
But as this week rolled in so did the peace and the anticipation for what lays in front of us.
Naturally, a lot of people question what we are doing. And so have we, a lot of times during the last weeks. But every time we do, we come out of it with an even stronger belief that this is what we want to do. What we need to do. And when people present their arguments for school being a good place for children to be, I find myself thinking that many of those arguments are the same that I feel the opposite about. Those arguments are what makes me refuse to send my kids to school. To me, it is one huge social experiment and one that I don’t want to participate in.
I just read a fantastic article by Carol Black and I want to share a small part of it here as she puts into words what we are feeling. You can find the article here: A Thousand Rivers. I highly recommend reading it if you have any thoughts on homeschooling your children. Actually, I recommend anyone with an open mind to read it.
“Any wildlife biologist knows that an animal in a zoo will not develop normally if the environment is incompatible with the evolved social needs of its species. But we no longer know this about ourselves. We have radically altered our own evolved species behavior by segregating children artificially in same-age peer groups instead of mixed-age communities, by compelling them to be indoors and sedentary for most of the day, by asking them to learn from text-based artificial materials instead of contextualized real-world activities, by dictating arbitrary timetables for learning rather than following the unfolding of a child’s developmental readiness. Common sense should tell us that all of this will have complex and unpredictable results. In fact, it does. While some children seem able to function in this completely artificial environment, really significant numbers of them cannot. Around the world, every day, millions and millions and millions of normal bright healthy children are labeled as failures in ways that damage them for life. And increasingly, those who cannot adapt to the artificial environment of school are diagnosed as brain-disordered and drugged.” From A thousand rivers by Carol Black
We are very confident now with our decision, we have some really good friends cheering us on. Most family members (not everyone) are ok with it. Knowing that there are other families like ours waiting for us in Spain makes everything so much easier. Thank you all for your private messages, comments and a big warm thank you to those of you who have come up to us and wished us good luck, it means SO much to us. We will try to update one more time before we hit the road and then we look forward to sharing our adventure with all of you!