Today I am going to be reviewing another Social Soup product and having my typical short discussion. I was recently given the opportunity to try Off the Eaten Path’s new range of Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks flavoured with sea salt. The other two flavours are not vegan, so I was only able to test this one…but hey, better than nothing! I’m also going to answer the question: will I be home-schooling my daughter? Without further ado, let’s get into it!
In Australia, you can find these healthy snacks at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. Not only are these plant-based, there are also no artificial colours or flavours. Made with 35% real legumes, you can ensure you’re getting an adequate source of protein. I really like the taste and texture. Abigail does too. They are super easy to eat and very yummy. I would recommend giving them a try! You can check out more of their range here. These are perfect for school lunchboxes or serving at a party with some dip!
Now onto the discussion topic. Am I planning on home-schooling my daughter? The reason I’m even writing about this is because a lot of vegans I know of, are anti-vaccination and therefore have no choice but to home-school their children as stated by the law. However, as I’ve mentioned many times, I am not your typical vegan. I live my life according to science-based evidence. Now this is not a dig at those that choose to home-school, even if their children are vaccinated, but I personally don’t think it’s a good idea. Here is why: a.) most parents that home-school are not qualified teachers, therefore they are doing their child a disservice educating them, b.) a child has no interaction with other children and completely misses out on the ‘school’ experience of being away from their parents and learning to interact with both students and teachers, c.) children miss out on organised sports/social events and even their accomplishments go unnoticed, d.) a child will never be away from their parent so expect to do a lot of work and have no time for you and e.) you will not be teaching them vital social and academic skills that they can only get in a classroom.
Does that answer your question? No, Abigail will not be home-schooled. She will experience an education the way most children do. I cannot wait to see her in her school uniform; making friends and memories! That is just my opinion. What do you think?
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. Just a quick disclaimer, I am not sponsored for the product review above. It was sent to me for free but all thoughts/opinions are my own.
Peace & Love xoxo
Fair enough if you don’t want to home educate your children, many people have a wonderful time at school. I don’t think you should slight home education, without experiencing it first, because in many ways it is superior. Everyone is different.
I was in school at first but it did not agree with me. The children were unkind and the teachers were frightening and unfriendly, and they did not ever have more than a moment to pay individual attention to me.
My parents taught me from the age of seven, and I learned everything I needed to know. You do not need a qualification to teach children things, because step by step books are out there for everything, maths, English, science, technology, etc. The things my parents didn’t know, we learned together. I was able to do things at a pace which suited me, and we were able to focus on the things we were fascinated by.
Organised sports and child interactions were accessible to me via weekend and after school clubs, which are open to everyone, and there was also a home-school social group where I also made friends, and the different parents pooled their knowledge and helped one another to teach things like maths and literature, which some parents might struggle with. I was away from my parents a healthy quantity, at these social events, and my social skills were practised thoroughly.
I can tell you that when I did attend school my accomplishments did go unnoticed. The teacher doesn’t have time to pay attention to everyone, so well behaved children fall by the way side. My teachers yelled at me for simple things like needing to go to the bathroom, and sat me next to bad children in order that the bad didn’t sit together. And the children were frequently unpleasant, turning on each other, forming cliques and telling one another that one way is wrong and bad while another is superior, and name calling and looking over the top of the toilet stall while you’re going to the bathroom. Laughing at other’s misfortune, etc etc.
Colleges like home educated children, home educated children are often able to apply a year or two early to college, I got all my qualifications and went to university, where I met several other home educated children.
Fair enough if you don’t want to home educate your children, many people have a wonderful time at school, but I don’t think you should slight home education, because you might put someone else off it who it would work well for. Everyone is different.
I never slighted it, in fact I wrote that I am not judging anyone who home schools, I was just mentioning why in my opinion it’s not for me. I think in your case it was the perfect option and it worked well but you tried going to school first. I’m specifically talking about parents who never even try school to begin with and decide to home school from the beginning (usually because they won’t vaccinate their children so the law doesn’t allow them to take their children to school). In special circumstances I can certainly see the benefits as you outlined. Thank you for educating me more on the topic 🙂