I also tried to learn to play "Skid" yesterday. This is a computer game on the Children's BBC website that my middle son would play all day if I allowed him. He has got very good at it and can complete all three levels without losing a life. It is part of the Bravewriter philosophy to let your children teach you things, so, much to his delight, I asked my son to teach me to play "Skid". Suffice it to say, it is much harder than it looks. However, I am sure there was much value in the children seeing that I am not necessarily better at everything than they are just because I am older. I also had to bite back a number of times the words, "I'm rubbish" which I encourage the children not to say; instead, I declare, "You're not rubbish, you're learning." It is also a humbling experience to be in the position of learner, of not being able to do something as well as the people around me, to know what I want to do and not quite be able to do it. As a Home Educating mother I think it is vital to keep learning. It doesn't matter what, just to keep that awareness fresh in my mind, how close learning feels to being rubbish, how vulnerable I am when I don't feel confident and how much of the time my learning children must feel like this. Once I've made my eldest a hat, I think it will be time to advance my knitting ability one step further and learn the next technique.
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