Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homeschool Bennies #28

Our kids work.

Not only do our kids do household chores, which many of us view as an integral part of home education and a means of learning responsibility, many of our (collective) kids work in family businesses or part-time jobs because they can.  They have the time and the flexibility.

I know of homeschool kids who work on the family dairy farm (and milking is a JOB), others who travel to conferences with their parents and help sell books, others who work in the family (plant) nursery, and more.  Kerry has talked about teaching the boys architectural drafting so they can work for him.  For now, they have an ongoing yard care job for a neighbor who fishes in Alaska every summer, and have done other yardwork and occasional pet care for neighbors.  Now that they're in CAP they do a lot of community service, so far mostly crowd control at airshows, but I know there will be other opportunities in the future.

They're living and working in the real world.

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