Today I am pondering the idea of being properly socialized. While people always ask if our children are, I don't always feel like people know what they are asking. What is properly socialized? I do know that at home my children learn how to get along with people of different ages and different family members who have the exact same values, and how to obey us. And I believe that to be properly socialized you must learn to get along with people of all ages, not just your peers.
However, the co-op also plays a huge part in my children's socialization. Here they learn how to listen to adults who are not their family. How to tolerate kids who's families have different rules. They learn that they can't always be the winner, or the favorite. They learn to make friends of their choosing despite their differences. I value this so much about the co-op, and can't wait to see how they years in this community will build my children up into functional happy adults! And I can't wait to see them have fun with their teachers and friends, while I get to have fun with their teachers' teens.
We have an exciting semester lined up for all the age groups, but as the teen leader, I must admit I am particularly excited for what the teens will be doing this semester. I think we will have a lot of fun!
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