Big changes and how to adapt...

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Big changes and how to adapt...
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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 12:41pm

Do you wake up one day and suddenly they've intellectually outgrown their environment? How do you adapt to it?

We've hit this again with DD 14. She

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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 1:44pm

Is she at all interested in on-line discussion? Do you think that could conceiveably fill that need for depth and challenge?

My ds15 gravtitated to this all of a sudden last summer when he was 14. He got wrapped up in the discussion groups on Reddit.com ... especially those focused on atheism, social activism, anarchism, politics and ethics. He began writing a blog with his opinions more fleshed out there and working away at various thought experiments, and began posting links to his blog posts and getting tons of feedback from people on Reddit. This pushed him into spending hours researching and reading, developing cogent arguments to back up his postulates. I'm blown away these days by what he knows of the complexity of the world, and how carefully he has thought through his beliefs and understandings.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 10:42pm
That is an idea. I've not suggested any such groups to her but it might be something to help her through this time.
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Mon, 12-19-2011 - 4:58pm
I think Miranda's ideas are excellent. Also, I think it's great that you can step into your DD's shoes and identify what's going on. I have noticed that when "artsy" kids get an outlet for their artistic talents, it tends to boost their appetite for other subjects. Funny, you'd think it would be the other way around, but it's not.