Teach What You Know

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As Reduction Rebels, we’re comfortable and secure in what we know, where our talents reside, and what we’re capable of (uh, anything, right!). But what about when it comes to teaching others?

Many of my family members are teachers. I have huge respect for that profession. For most of my life, I felt that I was not one of them. Partly because any participation in classroom functions gives me a debilitating headache. But teaching doesn’t have to be structured in a classroom. I’ve taught my kids everything from how to turn on and off the stove burners to riding a bike to making a bed. That was no sweat.

So why did I clam up and think I had to pay my church to teach my son’s religion? Their religious education class required my husband and me to spend two and a half hours every month being lectured while our sons went to their classrooms. This arrangement cost over $200 for the year. Like all the other families in the program, I first thought, he NEEDS to take this class so he can make his first communion. Then I thought independently. Why can’t we buy our own workbook? We have a Bible, why can’t we teach him. When he goes up for communion, are they going to ask to see identification? No. Not at all. This is just another formality that we buy into. But we don’t have to.

Reduction Rebels, you can sniff out a racket a mile away. You also have the talent to teach your kids or those around you things that you know how to do.

This example of homeschooling religious education may sound crazy. That is why I am presenting this as a broad concept of teaching what you know. This isn’t a push to hijack your kid from the church. Though I just want to add that when John the Baptist did his work, people didn’t walk away with a certificate. It was between them and God.

All I’m saying is to look at what you’re paying others to teach. Apply this concept to knitting, party planning, upcycling, swimming, or whatever. Teaching, like I originally stated, is a gift we give to those we love. Okay, I didn’t exactly say it like that but that’s where I’m coming from. Whatever your talent, don’t hesitate to pass it on. Chances are, your student will have something to teach you.

You save money by not paying for services you are perfectly capable of providing; you get the satisfaction of being in control of the lessons and you get the excitement of seeing someone else run with the knowledge you have given them.

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