Jean in Newcastle Posted September 5, 2012 Share Posted September 5, 2012 My dh and I were talking about this tonight since we have socialization issues with both of our kids right now. I started to think about how at least in the past, I got in the trap of thinking that as long as we taught basic social graces (the pleases and thank yous) and kept them from being "socialized by the pack" (ie. the bad influences in some public schools and neighborhoods and unsocialized homeschoolers) that we were socializing our kids. But tonight I realized that it has to be more than that. We need to be actively teaching our kids how to act in society, respond to society, and even think about society. I started to come up with some goals of what I want my kids to learn this year: 1. What are the characteristics of someone you like? 2. What standards do we measure those characteristics against? (My answer here would have definite CC content). 3. Do you have those characteristics yourself and how can you cultivate them? 4. What does it mean to be truly "manly" or truly "womanly"? (My answers would have to do with character and virtue and not externals.) 5. The give and takes of a true conversation. (Ds15 needs to learn this badly.) 6. How to be around crap without being stained by it. 7. To each have at least one public speaking opportunity even if it is making a small group presentation of some kind. What would be some goals you would have for your kids? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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