This one would be halfway through year 10 at school, and it is really cool to witness this stage of life as our eldest 3 enter tafe, university and real life adventures, at 15, 17 and 19 years old. In school I remember this age as being a time of experimenting with rebelling, trying new and often unsafe things, changing subjects, finding where we fit... It is pretty amazing to see teen life without crazy rebellion. They don't have too much to rebel against. Rather it is a more gradual deepening of their character traits as human beings, a deeper delving in to things that they love to do, more time spent on their passions, a move towards focusing more effort in one direction. *
The active one becomes more and more adventurous, seeking out new challenges, looking for bigger mountains to climb, filling every minute with more interesting things to try. Their personality is becoming very regimented and focused, their reasoning more black and white. I can see them focusing on a career in professional helping or law enforcement as that is where their interests seem to be going. *
The musically creative one gets more creative. Their room is messier. Their book collection grows. They start taking on their own music students, studying humanities and social justice, dressing in more flamboyant clothing, joining committees and groups where they can have a voice and be heard.
The rebellious one finds minorities to fight for. Becomes an activist and humanitarian. Finds people to help, starts studies in community building, hones in on what they can do and where their energy can be best spent.
It is a process so different to our own, as two people who went to school for most of our lives, and is fascinating to be a part of.
What are your experiences with your homeschooling/ unschooling teen? Is their life very different to yours at that age??