Thursday, 24 July 2014

Congratulations!

You may of noticed I don't share much about the kids lives any more now that they have finished homeschooling and growed up. To think my baby is turning 18 this week  WOW those years went FAST


He has turned into a great guy and has made his parents really proud. He has given permission for me to share that he has been signed up for a NZ Apprenticeship - the National Certificate Engineering - Fabrication.(level 4) which is one the  NZ government has classified as a priority trade with a shortage of skilled workers therefore he gets a grant of $2,000 towards even more tools for his tool box. Plus....He has an apprenticeship with no debt (YES) Many young people go to a polytechnic first and get a level 3 certificate in engineering - ticking up a high loan in the process and with no guarantee of finding an employer that will offer them an apprenticeship at the end of it. These days it is common for young ones to rack up a $25,000.00 debt with no prospect of a job at the end of it..


It's a hugely satisfying feeling to look back over the journey of raising our boy and knowing we did our very best and the risk of going against the norm by homeschooling was the right choice for us. I tell you through the journey sometimes there was doubt - ok a lot of doubt and not a lot of support of our choices at times.

I  loved a Ted Talk that was on Facebook this week.about how the education system undermines creativity. One of James' teachers via the Correspondence school was blown away by James' creativity of building and selling steel guitars and commented there was no scope at all in the school system to reward him for his creativity. The Ted Talk  it is well worth a watch if you have ever considered homeschooling your kids.

18 comments:

  1. you forgot to mention how handsome he is too!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You have every right to be proud, congratulations all round! The apprenticeship sounds just like him! Happy Birthday James!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Well done James, you did real good!

    ReplyDelete
  4. He doesn't look like James Dean for nothing. Good on you James!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Happy 18th James. (I love the new grown up you with the short hair - it really suits you. ) All the best for your apprenticeship. I think with your skills and hobbies you will never be bored in life. I hope you are allowed the scope to be as creative as you wish.
    I hope to hear from your Mum, from time to time how you are getting along. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. James said I can blog about him if I want I too don't think he knows how to be bored - good thing me thinks

      Delete
  6. It's complicated finding a living these days. I'm so glad mine are all employed. Even the actor!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea for the actor - such a hard path to go down but we all love actors.

      Delete
  7. As well as James getting a pat on the back for his achievements I think you should pat yourselves on the back too - well done & you should justifiably feel proud. Raising sons is the hardest thing I have ever done :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks - boys are different aye - so I told my friends who only had girls - but they will understand when grandsons come along.

      Delete
  8. You go proud Mumma! Hats off to James, hard work pays off.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks it sure does. Been worth all the 18 years smile.

      Delete
  9. happy birthday! I tend to not show my kids either although they've said they do not mind if I do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I've had many blogs over the years which I kept small and private many readers of this blog have followed the blog changes and seen the kids growed up.

      Delete

I