I did something today that, for me, was a little bit scary.
I sold my “What Your _ Grader Should Know” books.
No offense to the author and publisher. Because truly, these are awesome books. In fact, if you were homeschooling on a tight budget, you could buy one and easily create your child’s entire curriculum for the year using it.
And this was more than an exercise in minimalism/decluttering.
You see, by getting rid of these books I am finally untethering myself from Should.
I really should use those books, I would think each time I walked past them sitting on my bookshelf.
And yet I never did.
I really should take a look at what those books say, to make sure my kids are learning what they “should”.
These books sitting on your shelf may not have this effect on you.
But in my house, they had to go.
Every year I find myself less and less concerned about what “they” say my kids should be learning. Getting rid of these books once and for all released a huge burden from my mind.
I am untethering from the idea that children “should” learn a particular “something” by a “certain” age because “they” said so.
Because you know what?
I don’t care about someone else’s should.
Here is what I think my children should learn:
- They should learn to read well, so they can learn… everything else.
- They should learn math, so they can build things, balance their checkbook, figure out how much to charge, where to invest, and how to save.
- They should learn history, so they can see the truth that “man has dominated man to his injury”, and why every system of man made government is inferior to the Kingdom.
- They should learn to be people of character: kind, respectful, and honest so they can live peaceably among other people.
- They should learn how to live: how to cook, clean, do laundry so they can be independent.
And they’re already learning these things.
With just their mom as the educational expert.
I had to get rid of these books so I could quit shoulding on myself and my kids.
What Shoulds have you let go of?