This video, from HelloFlo is the most exciting, inspiring thing I've ever seen about getting your period. I just loved it.
I showed it to my sons because I thought: wow, this is the best sex ed class ever. I wanted to buy every girl I know a package from HelloFlo—but I think it's probably better from a parent.
This video reminds me that kids learn everywhere they can – even in their camp bunk bed.
It takes a huge amount of energy to keep kids from learning. You have to take away outside stimuli, you have to stop giving them new ideas, you have to isolate them. Isolating inherently curious people (which all children are before traditional school gets in the way) takes a lot of energy.
Which is to say that kids learn no matter what. Because part of being human is being driven to learn. Mozart learned piano from his drunken dad who hit him every time he played a wrong note. My mom learned to write cursive from a fourth-grade teacher who forced her to switch the pencil from her left hand to her right. The last hundred years has been a concerted effort to take the fun out of learning.
Homeschooling is about putting the fun back. Homeschooling lets your kids learn what they want, how they want. The excitement of being fully human comes back into their lives. It's easy to see this in adults: people who go to work every day and have a dull, unengaged learning curve hate our jobs. You know the feeling, where your life is slipping away from you. Kids have that same feeling, they are just less able to articulate it.
What makes me excited about the video is that it's such a fun way to learn. But also I get excited that girls will not learn the way I did. I was scared, and no one talked to me, and when someone hands a young girl a mirror, to look at where the tampon goes, I thought to myself: The best type of learning is giving kids the tools they need right at that moment.
I showed my sons this video because I thought they'd love learning about girls from it. But also because the my favorite part of homeschooling is watching my sons have fun, and I knew they'd think it's fun, even though my youngest said, "Mom. Throwing tampons into the air? Is this appropriate for boys?" And before I could answer, he clicked to watch it for a third time.