The educational system and us

This girl is a dreamer. Always with her head in the clouds and living in her own reality.
Sometimes if you carefully watch you can see it in her eyes. That moment… Her checking out of our reality and stepping into her own. And I love that about her.
In class, she has trouble concentrating on what the teacher has to say and I totally get that… What she has to say is probably totally boring to her anyway.

I look at her and I see Myself as a 7-year-old. I was just like her, and I had a terrible time learning in school! I didn’t see the point in some skills I needed to learn and I heavily resisted and resented the whole learning concept. Not because I couldn’t… but just because I wouldn’t. It was BORING!!!

Soi got a big old stamp “not too bright” “disobedient” and “lacking concentration and focus”.
What the reality was… I was just bored, totally not interested in the knowledge they offered me, and full of imagination, curiosity and creativity. Things like different cultures, nature, history, philosophy, music, and arts were my favorites in the early years.
Later came reading and writing. And only when I got much older I started liking mathematics.
The thing with me is, when I get interested in a subject, I’m a sponge! I learn really fast. I actually get a bit obsessive on it for a while until I have it down. And I just know, Miley is exactly the same!

It frustrates me that in the educational system here in Holland there is so little room for kids who are more creative and less focused on the structure and routines other people live by. I see a happy little kid, but I also see a frustrated teacher. Who would like to see her “try harder to focus”.
And to be honest, I’m ok with her not learning certain things… I think she excels in other things. I prefer to feed and explore those talents than push for something that she isn’t interested in.

After this summer all her friends are going to the next level. I think she will too, but I’m not 100% sure. And that makes me sad, because she really wants to stay with them. So I have my fingers crossed… But if they are making her repeat this year I’m switching to another school with her. A school where she can develop on her own terms. And in Holland… Those schools aren’t cheap. But I think they are leaving us little choice.

By the way, homeschooling isn’t legal in Holland. And if it was we would definitely go for an “unschooling” approach. Combined with activities to interact with friends and finding the necessary professional support for the ability’s she is ready and willing to learn at her own request whenever needed.

But, that being said… she LOVES this school so much! And she definitely doesn’t want to switch schools.
So I hope they will be able to be flexible and adapt to her needs.

I will not let the right educational system her damage her upcoming years as I know the pressure to excel on the kids will be build up. There will be tests, she will be pushed for those levels to be reached. And I don’t like it one bit.
Keeping my eye on this.

In the meantime, she is one dreaming, happy, playful, curious, beautiful little girl with a healthy positive self-image.
And I will make sure that stay’s that way!

Anny other parents struggling with the same out there!?

 

 

Room tour of our bohemian styled interior

Let’s give you a room tour through our Bohemian/eclectic styled interior Livingroom, Hallway and kitchen.
We love furniture with a story or personal meaning. We like a pretty styled home and interior, but we do have kids with toys… how we combine those two. And we have a lot of plants in our home.
A few words to describe our style: Bohemian, eclectic, Vintage, industrial.

So take a look around and let me know what you think!

We are constantly changing and evolving as individuals and as a family. And so is our home.
We will always keep you updated on re-styled corners and rooms in our home here on Youtube and Instagram.

Music by the utmost inspiring artist: Postcards from Mars
song used in this video: The East – Postcards from Mars
http://www.postcardsfrommars.nl/
Thanks, Bart! For giving us permission to use this beautiful song in our video!

Some of the Items in our home:
couch & Cabinet behind the couch: http://www.vintagerevival.nl/
wobble: https://www.wobbel.eu/nl/shop/
Air-plants: https://www.airplantshop.nl/
Deer illustration on the wall: http://www.veerillustratie.nl/
Our baby Wraps: http://pinknova.com/

For the most beautiful plants in your urban jungle visit: https://roodenbloem.nl/
For Lovely bohemian interior styling items and inspiration go to https://peacockandpeony.com/

If you have any questions about something you’ve seen in our video or anything else!? Please leave them in the comments below and we will answer all of your questions!

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2017 Recap!

2017 was amazing! Looking back at the past 12 months and so much has happened! We are so thankful for everything and everyone we have in our lives! We are grateful for all the experiences we had and even the difficulties we encountered because we learned from them!

Feels like we are on the right track, let’s continue 2018 and make it a good year filled with positivity and inspiration!

I will be checking in more often from now on! And we are switching from Dutch to Englisch from now on! Subscribe on our youtube channel to be updated on all new videos!
Have a Happy 2018 everyone!!!

HAPPY Christmas and a Merry new year!

HAPPY Christmas and a Merry new year!
Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Just like last year, we wanted to make the same sparkle confetti-canon video (we posted it on our Instagram) with the kids because last year was so much fun! I see a little tradition happening here.
Like to see more video’s and follow along? Make sure to subscribe to our channel to see all the new video’s we upload! Love, Jolanda

We are taking these days to enjoy our family and friends, and to reflect on this past year. A lot has happened! Mainly a lot of good and wonderful things such as the birth of our little Quinn, so I guess 2017 has been good to us! Let’s see if we can hold on to that happiness in 2018! I’m looking forward to the months to come with lots of positivity, mindfulness, and love.

Tell me!? Do you guys have crazy family traditions? Let me know in the comments below, or on my insta or facebook!
We hope you all will have an amazing loving Christmas and a sparkling 2018!

3 Geboorte aftel kalenders! DIY VLOG!

To my English readers:
This blogpost and vlog are in dutch only. Sorry about that…
It’s it’s an old post from back when i only posted in dutch.

Tadaaa, hier is weer een zwangerschapsvlog #02! leuk dat je kijkt!
Deze week: Een DIY Vlog! Ik maak drie verschillende Geboorte aftel kalenders waarmee je samen met je kindjes (of gewoon voor jezelf) kunt aftellen vanaf week 37 naar de mogelijke geboorte datum van jullie nieuwe baby!

Bekijk hierboven de video!

Iedere dinsdag avond staat een nieuwe vlog voor je klaar!
Neem een kijkje in ons leven en laat gerust een reactie achter of stel je vraag dan beantwoorden we deze natuurlijk zo snel we kunnen! Niets missen? Abonneer je dan snel op ons kanaal en blij op de hoogte! Stel je vraag en ik doe mijn best zo snel mogelijk te antwoorden.

Bekijk hieronder nog eens rustig alle DIY stappen van het maken van de aftel kalenders, of download gratis de uitprintbare geboorte aftel kalender, geschikt voor A3 of A4 papier! Printen en klaar!

Liefs, Jolanda

 

 

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