While it may not seem like it, productivity and chronic illness can go hand in hand. I struggle with fibromyalgia, and like most people with chronic pain, I have good days and bad days. Here are three ways that my illness helps me and may help you, too.
In 1929, a superintendent of schools, Benezet, conducted an experiment among elementary school children in New Hampshire. He was able to prove that children can learn K-6 grade math in one year. Furthermore, students who did not receive any formal math instruction until they were at least twelve years old performed better than those who did.
How long does it take to learn to read? It does not take four years, starting at age three or four. It takes about thirty hours. That’s right, only one hour a week for less than one school year. In John Holt’s book, Learning All the Time, he mentions teachers proving this with poor, illiterate adults. Holt argues that reading is not hard to learn IF it is a stress-free environment and there is a loving, supportive adult around.
One of the reasons that we homeschool is to protect our children from bullying. But what if other homeschoolers are bullying you? Bullying doesn’t always have to be outright name calling or physical contact. It can be subtler. Do you or your children experience any of these?
Does this ever happen to you? You’ve been teaching your child his math facts and he has them all down cold. He makes few mistakes on his worksheets, but then, when a situation involving math in real life comes up, he doesn’t know what to do.
When your profession requires you to sit at a computer, it is hard to avoid major distractions and figure out how to stay focused. When you work at home, there can be even more distractions. The refrigerator beckons. Coffee calls. Oh, wait! What’s going on across the street? I digress.
As a ghostwriter, I get calls from all kinds of people. Some people call me and tell me that their story is the next bestseller. I also get calls from passionate collectors or specialists who think that writing a book will bring them fame and fortune. Some are business people wanting to boost their brand, and there are others who see writing as a catharsis and me as a trusted, non-judgmental friend. I love to hear from all these people, but they often have wrong ideas about writing books.
Can’t eat wheat? Can’t eat corn? Good luck on vacation where all the restaurants and fast food places serve breaded and fried food. Vegetarian? Paleo? Sorry. Hardly any vegetables and lots of beef patties served in most locales. Sometimes a vacation feels more stressful than just staying home. The planning, baking, driving around shopping—I wish I could just get in the car and leave. But, wait. I’m one of the people traveling with food allergies. Darn.