You are awesome Melissa. So many of your posts have helped me this year when I have felt exactly like you do today. (((Hugs))). I think I am discovering that home schooling is actually a marathon (I was thinking more of a walk when I started), so give yourself a break while they are sick and then it will feel better again. Mine were sick the past 3 weeks, and I really was ready to throw the towel in. Then they recovered, we cleaned the house, we got to the park & beach and my out-look turned around again & my desire to home school came back at a higher level then I have had all school year.MelissaM wrote:3 weeks of school left, and all the kids are sick, so of course we're getting nothing done. I am really needing a summer break this year, and it feels like we are going to be doing school forever because of all the days we have to take off.
I have too many balls in the air - even though I don't think I'm busier than anyone else, actually - it's FEELING like too much right now - and I'm not doing anything well. Not school, not the house, not parenting, not volunteer work...just, nothing.
My convention is next week, and I'm supposed to be purchasing RtR, and I can't even get excited about it. (I have attempted this time period twice before, with 2 different curricula, and not made it through the whole thing either time.) I'm nervous about trying it again, even though I KNOW MFW works better for us than anything else. I'm just having a day when I feel like sending them all to public school and getting my house clean - am I a terrible mom?
Tired of battling my 7yo every second of every day over every little school thing. If I'm not giving him permission to go outside and build a fort, he's giving me grief. I don't blame him, I'd rather build forts too - but come on, he should be able to sit through at least one lesson without whining by week 32 of the school year, right? 15 minutes of his life, is all I want.
I'm just...tired. Sorry - just whining. I'm super emotional - found out a few weeks ago that we are expecting another baby, which I am VERY excited about, but also just feeling overwhelmed. I'm exhausted and nauseous and hormonal and I really feel like I am failing on all fronts. Don't know what I'm asking for here - A swift kick in the pants? Thanks for putting up with me, I really needed to get this all out.
I noticed that your oldest is a dd. My theory on boys is they really aren't ready for school until 8 or 9. It is only a theory, but so it seems to be to me. They can learn and do math and learn to read before 8 or 9, but it takes awhile for their energy to settle to a level that sitting and doing work becomes habit instead of a strain against their moving bodies and brains that are going, all at once, in a completely opposite direction than the pencil. I don't know if that helps, but my oldest became a lot easier to teach once he turned 8. Some part of him physically and mentally started to settle down. My second born, at just turned 7, is difficult to teach. So I focus a lot on short lessons (a few times a day) with him and training him to focus for 10 - 15 minutes at a time to help later; he much rather be outside with a shovel.
I hope you feel better soon.