. . .do you have homework in your house?
ryan is in third grade this year, so homework is nothing new. . .it's also not any easier
i don't know about homework time at your house - but at my house, it's usually a bit stressful
first of all i feel like we have to fit it into the rest of our night - which is not to say we don't take it seriously. . .only that by the time i get home from work, pick up the kids, and get settled in the house. . .it's after 5 . . .snacks, downtime and dinner prep are all on the agenda. . .then there's actually eating dinner and cleaning up.
do your kids take baths/showers?? if so - how do you fit in homework??? and if not. . .well. . .that's another blog post ;) that doesn't even take into account any sports, music, civic or religious activities and commitments. . .it's enough to boggle the mind
i've done a lot of reading lately on the No Child Left Behind program and how american schools are teaching to tests. . .it's distressing at the least - no wonder there is such a devotion to homeschooling.
but i am not that mom - i admire those that are. i am the mom that sometimes screams at my child that they are not taking this seriously enough. . .that they need to focus - pay attention - get this done.
i feel the pressure to perform - to conform to the "rules" and perceptions of what's "best" and "right". . .sometimes, i'm the mom that forgets to look at my child - and see who he really is and what he's capable of on that particular day.
i don't love any less - in fact - i love so much - that i want to make everything perfect all the time. . .even though i know that's not possible or even desireable. . .
but at the end of a long day - when blood sugar is low, when patience is low, when the weather is nice. . .homework is not at the top of my list either.
catch you soon -