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Welcome to the August 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Life Learners
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have talked about how they continue learning throughout life and inspire their children to do the same.
I’ve always believed in learning.
I used to think that learning was only about school and formal education. I also thought that it led straight to a career or work, whichever you chose and that was that. My dad often tells people, I came home and declared I was going to have a career one day.
Gratefully, I most certainly did have a career. I chose my own career. Quite often, I was eager to learn more and more about my chosen career field. Between working, work sponsored learning opportunities, or more formal education, I learned so much. But, due to the demands of my career and the physical/emotional investment I made to it daily, I didn’t enhance myself in other learning opportunities. Being an introvert, I need tons of time to decompress and regain energy in order to work more. I mostly stayed home to read, went to dinner with friends, or went to see a play on my own.
Once Hun and I met, we discussed and planned to start our own family. I knew I wanted more, but wasn’t quite sure how to achieve it.
Nonetheless, we plugged away at us both working until Baby Boy was born. The one thing I did start to pursue was teaching myself to crochet. During that time, I started to learn more about natural living. I knew we were creating our own family and wanted to live a natural and healthy life. I started began to learn more about whole/real foods and home remedies.
Once Baby Boy was born, I immediately became a stay-at-home-mother. I didn’t know what I was doing and felt quite out of sorts for some time.
Still, I plugged on.
This is partly how I became a blogger. I spent a good bit of time on blogs. I researched how others lived. And, in the process, I learned more and more about natural living, health, and wellness.
Today, I’m still learning. I’m still discovering new things and enhancing my knowledge. I’m still learning different topics related to natural living. I’m learning about other topics as well.
I’ve learned so much and plan to continue learning. Most recently, we’ve started our learning and doing journey of gardening and food independence. I’m happy to have such a willing partner in Hun. He supports my efforts to learn and do the best we can for our family. He believes in us meeting and discovering goals together.
Everything is a work in progress and each new thing I learn or rediscover I knew, enhances my today as well as my tomorrow. Finding a new or different way to look at things or having a challenge is fun.
A few of the things I’ve learned in the last year
– new crochet stitches
– Back to Eden gardening basics
– how to dehydrate and brew kombucha
– freezing summer fruits
– using a slow cooker
– a bit about essential oils
– making our own toothpaste, mouthwash, and lotion
…and so much more!
I believe learning is continuous and I’m happy to be on a lifelong learning journey!
As for Baby Boy, well we believe in fostering learning and independence of thought.
To that end, we will always have books available for reading. We’ll continue to engage in fun outdoor adventures and we’ll definitely work on life skills with our children. As Baby Boy ages, we’ll continue to foster his learning and encourage him to pursue his interests. That’s our plan, but also something we’ll be learning how to do right along with him!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- The Financial Advice That Saved My Marriage — Shortly after they got married, Emily at Natural Parents Network and her husband visited a financial planner. Many of the goals and priorities they set back then are now irrelevant, but one has stuck with them through all of the employment changes, out-of-state-moves, and child bearing: allowances.
- Lifelong Learning — Survivor at Surviving Mexico–Adventures and Disasters writes about how her family’s philosophy of life-long learning has aided them.
- Inspiring Children to be Lifelong Learners — Donna from Eco-Mothering discusses the reasons behind her family’s educational choices for their daughter, including a wish list for a lifetime of learning.
- Always Learning — Kellie at Our Mindful Life loves learning, and lately she’s undertaken a special project that her family has been enjoying sharing with her.
- We’re all unschoolers — Lauren at Hobo Mama embraces the joy in learning for its own sake, and wants to pass that along to her sons as she homeschools.
- My children, my teachers — Stoneageparent shares how becoming a parent has opened doors into learning for her and her family, through home education and forest school.
- Never Stop Learning — Holly at Leaves of Lavender discusses her belief that some of the most important things she knows now are things she’s learned since finishing “formal” schooling.
- Learning is a Lifelong Adventure — Learning has changed over time for Life Breath Present, and she is more excited and interested now than ever before.
- Facebook: The Modern Forum — Dionna at Code Name: Mama explains why Facebook is today’s forum – a place where people from all walks of life can meet to discuss philosophies, debate ideas, and share information.
- 10 Ways to Learn from Everyday Life (Inspired by my Life in Japan) — Erin at And Now, for Something Completely Different offers tips she learned while living in Japan to help you learn from everyday life.