Monday, June 4, 2012

Moments of Brilliance

When people learn that I homeschool my children, they're bound to have one of two reactions; admiration or obvious thoughts that I'm crazy. Usually they'll try to mask their feelings by asking something along the lines of isn't that hard to do?

I always answer that it is not as hard as one would think, there are so many great resources out there, so much help available, etc. etc.

Well, I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. Sometimes it is hard.

You see, unlike a public school teacher, I don't have the luxury of sick days or personal days. If I'm under the weather, I'm still going to do my darnedest to teach my kids because I don't have the option of paying a substitute.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that these last few months have been mentally tough on me. Long distance worry about my parents combined with children sick with freakish viruses has wreaked havoc on my sleeping ability. Still I thought I was functioning fairly well considering.



Then the other day, K-boy approached me with the worksheets that I had printed out for him clutched in his hands. "Mom", he said, "I think maybe you need to have another cup of coffee."

When I questioned him, he revealed that I had printed out not only his grammar worksheets, but the answer sheets as well. Oops!

Looking on the bright side, at least I know my kid is honest!


linking to:  Finding the Funny

18 comments:

  1. It is true home schooling is alot of work. I am a teacher and doing this job demands commitment, but reaps many rewards. Your dedication will pay off in the end and once you tap into the resources you know things should run as smoothly as possible.
    PS you must be doing a great job as evident with your son's honesty.
    I am already following you. Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian. My neighbor is a high school teacher, and I know her job is not an easy one. I can't imagine trying to manage an entire classroom as opposed to just my own three children.

      I'm glad that even on my worst days, I have the support that I need to keep going. You have a great week too!

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  2. I love it! What a great kid!

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    1. I love those moments when it's so obvious how he's turning out!

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  3. Such a sweet boy! There he is, homeschooling you! I hope you followed his advice!

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    1. He is a sweetheart, and yes, I did follow his advice. I felt much better afterward!

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  4. It might be tough what you're doing, but you're doing it well. Raising an honest kid is worth all the effort. Obviously he will not grow up to be a politician. :)

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    1. Haha, probably not! It's nice too, that even on the tough days my kids usually give me reason to smile. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Visiting from the Hop :-) Funny! I think my kids would have snickered and returned a "perfect" grammar page! You're right - it *is* hard - a lot of times. You're doing a great thing!

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    1. He admitted that he was tempted to look at the answers. Moments like that make me realize that this is working, no matter how tough it may seem at times! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Too funny- but yes good thing he is honest. :)

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    1. I swear it wasn't a test of his honesty...but he passed anyway!

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  7. Hey, more than one way to make sure your kids get the right answers, right? ;) Made me laugh and sending you wishes for loads of good, eye-opening coffee!

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    1. It's foolproof, just hand them the answersheets and their grades improve dramatically! I've been making sure that I finish my first cup of coffee before we start our schoolday!

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  8. I'm in total awe of homeschooling moms - and you remembered to print the worksheet, that's the important part!

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    1. That would have been something if I forgot the worksheet!

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  9. Haha! That was very honest of him.

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    1. I would never have known, if he hadn't told me!

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