Back to School—Wolf Style
When Jillian and Vaughn have kids, and some years after that, they’ll homeschool their kids. Why wouldn’t they go to school?
They’re part-time wolves, and so they need to learn to be wolf pups—to learn how to identify things out in the wild, how to survive, how to watch for danger, both flora and fauna in the wild, weather conditions, and natural disasters. As human kids—to learn all the things kids learn, reading, writing, arithmetic, and more. They practice play-fighting for future encounters with wolves, the way to act and react around both their own kind and pure wolves. How to react in situations when encountering other wildlife too, both as humans and as wolves. They’re more aware of their surroundings, partly because of their enhanced wolf senses, but also because they are at such risk when they run as wolves. That’s all part of their schooling.
Wolves aren’t really into team sports, but they get their exercise running as wolves, swimming, hiking, and through lots of other neat outdoor activities.
Even though both Jillian and Vaughn are royal wolves and have very few human roots, so they can shift anytime they want, they have to teach their children about the moon phases and about other lupus garous who might be more newly turned and have trouble with the full moon phase, or can’t shift at all during the new moon. They have to teach them about the trouble that can happen if they bite a human, or what could happen if a human sees them shifting. When they’re younger, as Jillian shifts, her children would too. But as they grow older, depending on the maturity level of the child, they can shift on their own. It’s like walking or talking or any number of skills human children learn—they evolve at their own rates.
The problem with them going to school with other kids is…they’re different. To avoid the younger wolf kids telling about their secret—that they can hear better, see better, and smell things better, not to mention they can shift into wolves, or get into fights and want to shift—they homeschool. Wouldn’t turning into a wolf be the fastest way to make a school bully back off? The shifters can’t afford to have a disaster on their hands like that.
Because packs help with raising the kids, everyone helps with teaching them too. In Jillian and Vaughn’s case, since they work with jaguar shifters, they’ll be teaching them about jaguars and their differences and similarities to wolves and how to get along.
So for them, schooling is not strictly in a school room. The outdoors is their school room too.
Would you feel overwhelmed if you had to learn this much as a little kid? Or would you think it could be a lot more fun?
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