editor's note: This was in response to a sweet letter from a young mother of an eight month old who was asking homeschoolers' opinions, on a now-defunct discussion forum
How to NOT Screw Up Your Kids
by Lyle Perry
December 1, 2003
Take everything an expert says with a big grain of salt. Listen to your instincts, not always an expert's opinion. If something doesn't sound quite right, it probably isn't. Listen to your heart.
- Only listen to your mom if your mom is worth listening to. If your own childhood was screwed up, there's a good chance that she doesn't know better than you.
- Don't send your kids to school. School can gobble up the sweetest kids and turn them into someone you don't even know.
- Don't go to extremes. One end of the spectrum is no better than the other. Hover somewhere near the middle.
- PLAY with your kids. Playing can be the single best way to really get to know your kids. Get down on the floor, follow their lead, and PLAY with them.
- Ignore the naysayers. If what you're doing feels right, if you and your kids are happy, don't change a thing just because someone else says to.
- Let your kids be WHO THEY ARE, not who someone thinks they should be. Throw away the mold and let your kids LIVE.
- Trust your kids. Show them they can trust you.
- Respect your kids. Too many adults DEMAND respect from kids without showing any respect in return. Doesn't work.
- LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Be polite and confident, show trust and respect to those who deserve it and your kids will do the same.
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