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Homeschooling – The Pros and Cons

After having the twins, I played around with the idea of homeschooling them. I had my reservations about the education system, and I knew some people in real life and online that were happily homeschooling. So I played around with the idea for a bit. Which is why the kiddies didn’t go to any childcare setting until they started Pre School at 3 years old. And before that, I never used any form of childcare and still haven’t except school. I wanted to be hands on with my kids from the start, and that is exactly what I have done for the past 5 plus years.

 

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The best of both worlds

Homeschooling is an amazing opportunity. I wish I could shake the hands of every parent/guardian doing this. It is a lot of work homeschooling a child. The amount of work involved is impossible to comprehend until you actually do it, so I can only imagine. I do teach my kids at home. We do school work almost everyday, except holidays and weekends. The kiddies enjoy reading, so we do a lot of that. We also practice our spelling, writing and numbers. So they get the best of both worlds – Studying at home and at school.

 

Homeschooling – The pros for us

Like I said, I found the whole idea of Homeschooling very appealing, and I considered doing it. The reasons why I found homeschooling appealing are –

 

  1. I liked the flexibility – Being able to set our hours and travel when we want to made me want to homeschool the kids. Homeschooling will enable us work to our own schedule and do what would be convenient for us.

2. Learn at our pace – My kids are very academic, so being able to learn at their pace would be great. Not having to worry about the pace of 28 other children would be great.

3. Set up our own curriculum – This is a big one for me. The idea of learning what I feel is relevant for their age group and ignore things they have no business knowing about. Obviously, they would be learning what their peers are learning in school and more. But no topics I feel they shouldn’t be learning.

 

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Homeschooling – The cons for us

For me, the cons outweigh the pros at the moment, which is why the kiddies are in a lovely primary school a few minutes away. Here are the cons for me –

 

  1. Dealing with isolation – I feel like my kids would be isolated if I homeschool now. I don’t drive, so being out and about isn’t easy. Even if I did drive, we would still feel isolated in a homeschool setting.
  2. The Kiddies love school – They love school so much. They are very happy to go everyday and they look forward to the holidays as well. So homeschooling won’t be the best idea for them as they love to socialise with other kids. The whole school setting works for them.
  3. A lot of work – Homeschooling is a lot of work like I said earlier, and the kids being in school helps me work and stay on top of chores, and so on. As a work from home mummy, I do most of my work while the kids are in school, so homeschooling won’t work for us now.

 

In conclusion

The cons of homeschooling outweighs the pros, which is why we didn’t go down the homeschooling route. What are your thoughts on this? Do you homeschool your children? What are the pros and cons for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s chat.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

 

 

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Types of parents you will meet at the soft play centre and playground

The half term week is almost over and we have had a lovely time. It has been a week of relaxation, fun and games, and I think the kiddies are now ready for the other half of the term. I am not a huge of soft play centres. They are usually overcrowded and just too much. But the kiddies love them, so we go as often as we can. This half term, we have been to a soft play centre and our local playground a couple of times. I feel the same way about playgrounds but I prefer them a bit more than the soft play spots. I have encountered all sorts of parents at soft play centres and playgrounds.

 

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Here are a few of the types of parents I have come across –

 

The working from anywhere parent

I see these parents with their laptops and phones, working like their life depends on it, with a cup of coffee. It amazes me how they get any work done with all the noise and chaos going on. I don’t see myself ever bringing a laptop to get some work done at soft play. It just won’t up, I won’t get any work done. The most I do is send emails on my iPhone when I have a moment. Anything more than that will have to wait until I get home.  I wonder how these people do what they do.

 

Parents that completely ignore their kids

This is the most common type of parent I find at the soft play and playground and it annoys me so much. Many of the parents I come across are too busy  chatting away to pay attention to their kids. Their kids are completely ignored by their parents and this can be frustrating for other parents and kids.

 

The Regulars/Cliques

These are the mummies and daddies (but usually mummies) that come in groups. You will likely spot a group every time you go to one. They take up all the available chairs and tables, and make their presence known with the loud voices and laughter.

 

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The attentive parent

I fall in this category without a doubt. The thought of my kids hurting themselves or others makes me watch them from a distance like a hawk. I always want to know where they are and what sort of play they are doing. Working, chatting away or falling asleep in the soft play is something I can’t see myself doing ever. Kids like to run wild and they do just that at the soft play, so my eyes have to be on them every time. I don’t think I can ever be any other type of parent when they are this young. When they are old enough, they won’t be interested in soft play as much I think.

 

 

What are your thoughts on this? Have you come across any of these parents in soft play centres or at the playground? Do sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat. Thanks for reading. Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

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Valentine’s Day is a few days away and I am sure many of us are sorted with the gifts. Since it is a season of gift buying, I thought many will find this February Gift Guide 2019 post very useful. Here are some products worth checking out this month, they work great for gifts for Valentine’s Day.

 

Gioteck TX -40 Xbox One, PS4, PC Headset £24.99

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As a music lover, I love having good quality headsets. This lovely headset by GioTeck ticks all the boxes. It is new in the market; launched 25 January 2019 and it is so amazing. I really like the white and red colour. The overall design is great, and it does the job perfectly. So if you are after good quality headsets that look good and perform brilliantly, or a great gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day, go for this GioTeck TX-40. It is available now for £24.99 at Argos.

 

Sanex Bath/Shower Products

I have used Sanxes Bath/Shower skincare products many times, and I really like the brand. Recently, I used Sanex Dermo Micellar Soothing Gel, Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel and Sanex Dermo Radiance Shower Gel, and I love them all. I think they would work great as additions in a Valentine’s Day Hamper Gift.

 

Sanex Dermo Micellar Soothing Gel £3.80

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This soothing cleanser is great for my skin. I love how it cleans and nourishes my skin. It is currently one of my favourite shower products. You can buy this at Tesco for £3.80.

 

Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel £3.80

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This Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel hydrates and revitalises the skin. It is great for all skin types and you can use it on the body and face. I love it. You can grab this at Tesco.

 

Sanex Dermo Radiance Shower Gel £2.49

 

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This Sanex Shower Cream restores the skin’s natural pH level. It keeps the skin hydrated and looking radiant. I have been using it for weeks now and I really like it. You can grab this at Superdrug for £2.49.

 

Modibodi Activewear 3/4 Leggings £67.50

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I am a huge fan of this Modibodi Activewear 3/4 Leggings. It is a great innovation. You can wear this pair of leggings alone (with no underwear, tampons or pads) on light-medium period days. It can also wear this knickers as back up on heavy period days, for sneaky leaks and heavy discharge while you are exercising. This Modibodi leak-proof technology is simply amazing. I think it is going to change the lives of many women.

 

What do you think of these gift ideas?

 

 

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