Tuesday, 19 November 2013

How I really feel about Being the Eldest of Eight and Homeschooling. :)



Often when I am talking to people I don’t know very well (and sometimes even people I thought knew me fairly well :P) I am often asked questions concerning large families and home-schooling as though I  am a martyr or silent sufferer and that they are willing to listen to all my woes.  So I thought I would put down the most frequent and annoying questions and answer them as I see fit – and yes, I really mean all I say… ;)


Do you like being the eldest of a large family?
Let me be honest.  Being the eldest of eight isn’t always fun.  There can be a lot of noise, mess, and if someone catches the flu, you can count us out of all social events for the next two to three months while it takes down the entire family, usually end on end – one at a time… :P  But the benefits of a large family far outweigh any amount of disadvantages.  For one thing, in a home of ten people, love is more than abundant.  Sometimes if I am over everything and just about to break down in tears of frustration, all I have to do is look at my younger siblings and see their adoring eyes watching me, confident that I can handle all and every circumstance.  My heart melts every time and I quick prayer for meekness and patience (NOW!) and try again.  Little Annie has just learned to call us older ones by name.  She often goes around the living area calling out, “Emmie!  Emmie!”  And then she flashes me an adorable toothy smile.  She and Rose (as well as the others) look to me every day for advice, for praise and for love.  

Let me say right here a special note for those who have younger siblings.  You don’t have to be a big brother or sister – you get to be a big brother or sister.  It is such a privilege.  Don’t ever underestimate the influence you have on their lives.  They adore you.  They want to be with you.  They want to be like you in every way they can.  To them, you are the ultimate role model.  Don’t let them down. Include them wherever you can and remember that the choices you make will affect them, even if you are unaware of it.  Friends come and go if life, but until death comes, you will always have your siblings.  Make effort to become best friends with them.


Don’t you wish you could go to school?
No.


Do you like being home schooled?
I love it!  And there are several reasons for that.  :)
1.        This is a personal thing, but it could apply to anyone.  I am a natural follower.  Unless it comes to a point of moral standings, I am pretty happy to do what people want me to.  I can only imagine what might have happened if I wasn’t at home where Mum and Dad faithfully trained me to choose the right way, and shielded me from the world’s forceful influence.
2.       I love the way home-schooling hones in on your strengths, but allows opportunity to improve on your weaknesses.   I was an early reader, and well and truly advanced in my literary skills.  When it came to Algebra, however, I had to restart the book three times before it ‘clicked’.  But I have been able to work at that at my own pace and master it.
3.       I also love how home-schooling makes learning a family affair.  We do zoology all together as well as reading and other subjects like art and music and we love discussing our discoveries and competing to see who gets the most nuts at quiz time.  ;)  :P


How do you cook for ten every night?
My response to this usually runs along the lines of, “We’re used to it.  I don’t understand how you cook for two every night!”  Peeling a dozen potatoes is normal.  Ordering two kilos of one kind of meat is an every shopping trip experience, and having three rows of plates all lined up for easy dishing is absolutely essential.  I like to remind people that there are no twins I our family.  We all came along one at a time, and so it was a slow increase in number.  An extra potato or carrot every three or four years or so…



Home-schooling… does that mean you get to do what you want when you want?
Umm… no.  I get a variation of this question a lot from other kids.  They seem to be worried that I will miss out on the joys of maths, or essays, or science.  It’s kind of them to be so considerate, but I hasten to assure them that it is not so.  :)


Those are the questions that come to mind right now, but there are plenty of them out there.
God bless you – have a great week.

21 comments:

  1. *grins* Love this, Em! Funny you should post this the same day Blimeycow brought out their next set of seven lies about homeschooling debunked. ;)

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  2. Thanks, Jasmine! Yeah, funny that - I've been planning this post for days... :)

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  3. I really like your answer to 'Don’t you wish you could go to school?' It's funny I was thinking tonight how strange it would be to only be cooking for a few people! And also wondering how we are going to be able to grill things like sausages and stakes when the boys get older and baby comes. As it is we fill up the grilling tray thing and then eat all of it!!

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    1. I think the hard thing for me would be to shop for two or three people. I got a shock in the butcher a little while back when I was ordering two kilos of mince (or something like that) and a lady came in a asked for two sausages. And, yeah, boys just keep eating as they get older - it doesn't stop... :P :)

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    2. It does seem horrifying to see people buying 2 litres of milk when you are out buying 18...

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    3. Yes, it does. Jess was buying about 10 liters the other day, and she over heard a woman with six liters muttering something about "It would be cheaper to buy a cow..." Ha! Those poor people have no idea! :P

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    4. And me from a family of 2, just me and uncle Matt..... well, we undertake a risk when we by 2 litres of milk....that it might go 'off' before we finish it!!! LOL! Tis a shame my dog doesn't drink milk....... maybe I should try him out!

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  4. Heehe... change the title to "How I really feel about being the eldest of 7 and Home schooling" and it's me ;) Encouraging post lovely! :) Love you xx

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  5. Hehe... yep, it would be you. Thanks for encouraging me! Love you too. xoxox

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  6. Hi Emily!

    I just came across your blog and this post. I love it! I am the oldest of seven and we homeschool too! I agree with everthing that you said! :)

    God bless, Therese

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    1. Hi Therese!

      Thanks for your kind words - Have you got a blog? I would love to have a read if you do... :)

      Love and blessings,

      Emily

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  7. Hello again Emily!

    No, I don't have a blog but do enjoy reading others!

    I forgot to tell you before that I am a NSW girl myself! And I LOVE those dresses in the photo at the top of your blog! They are beautiful and modest! Did you make them?

    God bless, Therese

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    1. Hi Therese!

      Wow - we might even live nearby-ish. ;) I'm in the Hunter Valley about an hour from Newcastle. :)

      I wish I could say I had made the dresses, but I didn't (so I won't... :P). We were visiting some friends who live about 4 hours away and we dressed up in some dresses they had made and had a photo shoot. It was quite funny actually as my sisters and I are really tall, while our friends aren't, so we had to arrange the photos so that the bottom of the dresses didn't show. XD They came up nicely though. :)

      Thanks again for commenting - I love meeting new people. :D

      Love and blessings,
      Emily

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    2. Hi Emily!

      Yeah, I live near Goulburn. Not far really when you think about it! I love meeting new people too and you happen to be the first person that I'm really corresponding with over the internet!

      God bless, Therese

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    3. That is only about four hours away! Fancy that! :D

      I've enjoyed getting to know you, Therese - have you got a Google account that we could chat from? :)

      Love and blessings,

      Emily. :)

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    4. Funny isn't it!! :)

      Yes, me too! :) I have got email if you would like to chat that way?

      Love and prayers, Therese

      God bless! :D

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    5. Sure thing! If you're ok with it, you could post me your address here, and then I can delete the comment as soon as I see it. If you're not comfortable with that, I can do it. :)

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    6. Hi Emily!

      I am going away tomorrow with family and friends but will be back next Saturday. Could you please post your address say next Monday? I don't think I'll be online till then.. God bless, Therese :)

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  8. Next Monday meaning the first week of November. Just making sure it is clear! I'll message as soon as I see your post. :)

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    1. Sure thing, Therese - I'll post it between 12 and 12:30 on Monday week. :) Have a great time away!

      Love and blessings, Emily

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    2. Thank you Emily! I've copied the address down if you want to delete it. I'll send you an email now.

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