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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Let's Get Healthy
This article was inspired by a recent discussion on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/home-education-sa about food intolerances.
I believe that by removing or greatly reducing all stresses from our and our children's bodies we can tolerate all kinds of foods much better. We are having reactions because our poor bodies are having to work overtime to battle things like:
Combine this with mental and emotional stresses, not enough sleep, irregular sleep and eating patterns, and our bodies are really fighting uphill. We actually don't exercise enough because we don’t have the energy – we don't have the energy because our bodies are working too hard within.
We need to go back to our basic requirements in life – good food, lots of water, shelter (adequate warmth or coolness), love, rest and simple satisfaction of small achievements. Nurture ourselves. Eliminate or reduce the stresses as much as possible and we can tolerate natural foods again, and enjoy feeling energetic with a sense of inner peace. Gee, I sound like a real hippie!
Our children are worse because we have an accumulation of these things within us, then we pass it on to them, then their bodies are bombarded with twice as much as we had as children.
I feel like I'm stating the obvious, we all know this, but sometimes we get caught up in the world of consumerism and ambition (it's human nature), and forget the simple things in life. We're smart enough to figure out what's best for our children's education. Let's be smart about our lifestyle and reap the benefits.
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