If you have young children, you’d know what this mean: they grow up so fast.

That’s why we made these conscious decisions during the formative years of our children.

Home schooling

When our first child was born, we were sucked into the narrative: sending him to preschool, sending him for enrichment classes, shower him with loads of praise.

Truly, there’s nobody to blame except us.

Our motives to send him to preschool were:

  • Learn social interaction skills
  • To be independent of daddy and mommy
  • Develop academically

When he was the only child, this was his regular day:

  • 07:00 – 08:00: Wake up at 7am, eat breakfast, shower
  • 08:00 – 08:30: Get ready for school
  • 08:30 – 09:00: Either myself or my wife or sometimes both of us would send him to the center
  • 09:00 – 12:30: Time at preschool
  • 12:30 – 13:00: We pick him up and bring him home
  • 13:30 – 15:00: Afternoon nap
  • 15:00 – 17:30: Snacks, play, read, playground
  • 17:30 – 18:30: Eat dinner, shower
  • 18:30 – 19:30: Playtime, storytime, bedtime

When we had our second child, this was his regular day:

  • 07:00 – 08:00: Wake up at 7am, eat breakfast, shower
  • 08:00 – 08:30: Get ready for school
  • 08:30 – 09:00: Either myself or my wife or sometimes both of us would send him to the center
  • 09:00 – 17:00: He would spend the day at the center until about 5pm
  • 17:00 – 17:30: We pick him up and bring him home
  • 17:30 – 18:30: Eat dinner, shower
  • 18:30 – 19:30: Playtime, storytime, and bedtime

At that point, we were in the position where my wife would stay home, while I work. But then, we realized he was spending more time at the preschool than with us!

We knew something has to change.

Shortly after our second child arrived, we decided we want to play a huge role in the lives of our children, especially during their formative years.

That’s when we decided we wanted to homeschool them. The decision to homeschool was based on:

  • We wanted them to learn from us, rather than someone else, the right values
  • We wanted to instill in our children, at an early age, the idea of routines and discipline
  • We wanted to know what’s their learning preferences so we can design learning experiences to suit them
  • We wanted to be a huge part of their lives during the formative years

Year-long travel adventure

It was the last reason that led us to embark on our year-long travel adventure. We wanted them to not just learn from books or watch videos, but also to experience it first-hand.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” ~ Mark Twain

And what’s we have done. We literally sold off everything we had just so we can travel for a year. So far, the experience has been nothing but rewarding. You can find out more about what the kids are learning here.

Your greatest regret as a parent

What’s your greatest regret as a parent? Not spending enough time with your children during their formative years?

Let’s continue that conversation on Facebook.

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