I have been thinking about how a lot of my job as a mother is to teach my children. I do lean to the homeschooling side (and I really hope we're in a position to be able to homeschool next year, but that's beside the point). Even if you've never did or wanted to homeschool, you still teach your children.
I thought it would make a great blogging series. And whether you'd like to join me in blogging about what you taught your children or not, I hope you enjoy this!
The concept comes partly from a conversation I had with my mom last night. I was telling her about our overly-sensitive fire alarm (it's wired, not sure if that makes a difference?) that goes off at the drop of a hat. Last week something had burned down in the oven and I had not realized it. So I'm baking dinner and the alarm went off 4 times in about 30 minutes. By the last time it went off Oceana was beside herself. Our alarm says "Fire Fire Fire Fire Fire" as well as the shrill alarm beep, until you run to the 2nd floor and "hush" it. She had been running to her room every time it went off and crying inconsolably. The poor girl must have been overtired, but now she asks me if we can move to a new house because she hates the fire alarm that much. Uh oh.
Anyways, while I'm telling my mom this, she reminds me that by letting Oceana run to her room during a fire alarm, I've "taught" her to hide when there's a fire. Oh my goodness! I knew that, but somehow in the frustration of the moment with the fire alarm and my ensuing dinner fiasco, I never made the connection. That will be fixed very soon!
But for today: Today I taught Oceana ..... how to change a roll of toilet paper. She was amazed by the spring coil tube and had no idea how to put the new toilet paper in. And now she knows. So there, see, I taught my child today. And some day I'll make her roommate or husband or friends very happy when she's not the person leaving the empty toilet paper roll on..... :)
What did you teach your children today?