Retweet, the Twitter Bird, insisted that Sprite and I should take her along for the Second Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hop for 2014 which deals with Homeschooling (and parenting) Gifted/2E kids into their TEENS and beyond.
Retweet is scared silly by the thought that her precious tweetlets might turn into strange, objectionable, irresponsible creatures when they become teenagers. She has had a few experiences with teenagers which are fueling her anxieties – the group of teens she witnessed on her washing line
and the irresponsible behaviour of her baby sitter https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/tra-la-its-may-31-while-the-tweets-are-away/
I pointed out to Retweet that the sort of behaviour and attitudes that cause her so much worry are not only seen in teenagers and reminded her of Trending’s tweetlets who are the same age as her own tweetlets.
And, as attitudes and behaviour tend to reflect those shown at home and those of the friends they are associating with, it is more likely that her NEST Ed schooled tweetlets will associate with friends who have similar values and show more of the attitudes that she would like to see.
I told her that our children were teenagers (or nearly teenagers) when we were home schooling. One thing I did notice was that when they were going through teenage growth spurts all their energy seemed to go into the growing and they did not apply themselves to their work with as much enthusiasm as I would have liked!
Certainly mood swings and concerns relating to body image were more apparent than when they were younger.
And they were becoming increasingly independent and their desire to debate issues increased dramatically!
I think I probably sugar coated it a bit for Retweet.
It is now many years since we were home schooling and I tend to remember the time through a happy, rose coloured haze.
I know it was not all sweetness and light every day; but the memories have had their sharp edges sanded away.
“That’s why I want to go on this blog hop!” said Retweet “I want to know what other people are thinking and doing right here, right now!”
This is a post in the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March 2014 Blog Hop: Homeschooling (and parenting!) Gifted/2E kids into their TEENS and beyond…
Visitors to Sprite’s Site who have come because of the Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition are invited to join Sprite on the blog hop which begins on 17 March (US time)
To read all the posts from the blogs participating in this blog hop please see