Thursday, January 8, 2009

Home Schooling is HARD!!

Well, we are on day 4. Day 1 was easy. AJ was extremely cooperative. He worked hard and was willing to learn. Day 2, still pretty good. He was still trying hard. Day 3 was yesterday. He was in a bad mood. Home school had lost its newness, and he discovered that he still has to do work. All of a sudden, he was uncooperative and just not willing to try.

Today was just impossible. Every time he came back from a break, he wanted another break. And today was supposed to be the first day of his theater group. It was sponsored by our local home schooling group. I drove an hour to get there. Ten seconds after we got there, AJ was making faces at me, and covering his ears. I'll admit it was a little loud. They hadn't started yet, and the other kids were playing. Not screaming, mind you. Playing. I made suggestions to leave for a few minutes, until they got settled. But no. We had to leave, immediately. MELT DOWN was imminent.

So, 10 minutes after driving for an hour, we got back in the car to drive home. Was I frustrated? Oh, yeah. Frustrated was not even the word. But, I stayed calm and just drove. And drove. And drove. Because there was traffic. We finally got home 2 and 1/2 hours after we left the house. AARRGGHH!!!! I gave him a break before we got back to work. A long break. 10 minutes after we got back to work, he wanted another break. Yep, 10 minutes. OK. So, maybe he just gets burned out. Maybe we try to do everything in the morning. Maybe he gets burned out by afternoon. But we were working on a puzzle. Fun stuff, right. Not like I was asking him to work on something hard. He likes puzzles. But, he wanted to play on the computer. Maybe I need a new rule? No electronics before 3:00. No matter what. Even on a break. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow.

We'll see. Peace in and out.

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