Our Family's Journey to Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Anarchy Cleans the Table
people I talk with about our parenting style think that a household
without parents who are "clear authority figures" who "lay down the law
and keep the kids in line" would surely descend into anarchy.
Well, earlier Josh (9y) was in full-on experiment mode at the kitchen
table. Modeling clay, glue, lighters, candles, melted wax, burned toast,
balloons and other such mess all scattered about. He finished, got up, and started walking down the hall.
Me-Are you done?
Josh- Yeah, I'm going to my room.
Me- Ummm, your mess is still all over the table.
He huffs back into the kitchen, muttering under his breath, then comes back up to me.
Josh- You know, you telling me to clean up my mess, you can't do that. You can't tell me what to do.
Me- I didn't tell you to clean your mess. I simply stated that it was
still on the table, providing you with the opportunity to make the
decision to be responsible for yourself.
Josh- Oh... *thoughtful sigh*
...and off he went to clean up the mess.
Josh- This wax is not coming off easily.
Josh- Do I have to clean it all?
Me- What would be the responsible thing to do?
Josh- I'm going to need something to scrape it with.