As most of you know, we homeschool. This means that while all the other kids are trapped in classrooms, mine are out roaming around catching bugs (science), biking (PE), or causing shenanigans (critical thinking).
My 8yo likes to go biking, jogging, and rucking around the neighborhood for his PE. He tells me he’s trying to find his six pack and get in shape for a SWAT team.
The other day the cops delivered him back to my office. They said they found this little kid walking down the street with a backpack full of weights, and they wanted to know why he wasn’t in school and if he was running away.
The whole thing scared the piss out of him, but afterward we all had a good laugh about it. As a matter of fact, I told him if it happens again to just throw the backpack down and start running to see if they can catch him. It’d be a good workout for the cops.
I’m telling you all this to say that no matter if your kids are homeschooled, public schooled, or something different that you need to have fun with it. Make it adventurous. Get crazy.
Now he carries a note in his pocket that tells the cops he has permission to be out. Here’s what I wrote for him:
My name is Gideon Powers, and I am running away from home to join the circus.
Just kidding. I am homeschooled and doing my PE right now.
If you need to, you can contact my parents at ***-***-**** (mom Korrene) or ***-***-**** (dad David).
Their office is around the corner at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach.
If you want some cool ideas for stuff we’ve done, check out my book Teaching in the Weird.
Dr. Dave, the guy that says make the cops work for it if they want to talk to you
PS- I mean no disrespect to the cops. I worked with a lot of these guys during my time with Homeland Security, and most of them really could use the workout.