Spring is here again, and my school anxiety is at an all time high.
I’ve written about this so many times, and I know I am not alone based on comments and emails I have received over the years. Late winter and early spring are common burn-out times for homeschool moms. Kids are tired, so it’s no surprise that moms are too.
Add Autism, ADD and a developmental delay to the mix, and you’ve got a Momma who is bordering on craziness… a Momma who has looked at the local middle and high school websites more than a few times in the past month. This is where I’m at.
I’m going to just get real here for a minute.
I love my sons. They are genuinely NICE people. They are kind, gentle young men with such good hearts. Everyone who meets them comments on their manners and willingness to help. They are just really nice kids.
At home, in the “homeschool” environment, they are still sweet and nice. And a bit lazy. I’ve got 12 year old D2, who barrels through his school work every day, sometimes completing it by 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning, skipping whole sections or going sloppy through a lot of it, only to spend the entire rest of the day going between YouTube and the XBox, watching hints, tips and “cheats” videos and gaming with his big brother (via XBox Live) and several friends.
The kid is addicted. Yes, it’s partially our fault. Video games are the only thing he is into, except motorcycle riding. He loves to ride, but it’s only just now becoming nice enough to do it again. Reeling in the gaming is proving to be a difficult thing.
And D1, my sweet, creative boy, is still a “fart in a frying pan”, as his Kindergarten teacher so aptly pointed out. The fact that he’s nearly 15 is beside the point. He skips from one thing to another and back again, all day long. All I have to do is go to the bathroom for a minute and he’s gone when I come back, to return in half an hour, or when I hunt him down and bring him back. A one-hour math session on ALEKS can take him 3 hours to get through, simply because he takes a break after every 3rd problem.
This isn’t helping us put credits on his high school transcript.
He’s “supposed to be” a 9th grader this year. I had been counting him as one. Now I’m not so sure. At this point, no matter what it looks like he’ll be on the 5-Year Plan for high school…. if we’re lucky.
What I do know is that in June he will have enough for 1 Fine Arts credit (band), and .5 PE credit. We’re no where near completing anything else. But this is why we homeschool.
I’m ready to just end the school year here, because I am exhausted. And Spring has only just begun!
If you’re going just a bit stir crazy, feeling like you’re not getting what you need to have completed by the end of the year, just know that you’re not alone in this. Only 7 more weeks…
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