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    Default This is why we drink

    Or whatever is your guilty pleasure/poison of choice that keeps you keepin' on...

    Thought we could use a laugh/commiserate thread (no, I know, it's not February...).

    So - do tell - what is(are) the main homeschooling related things that drive you to drink?

    Come on you know you feel better when you read something and go 'glad I don't have that issue!' Price for that oughta be contributing something for someone else to feel better about!

    Here's a gem for you:
    DS recently told me that he'd rather grow up to be a "survival" guy and build his own house in the forest than read, write, do math. We can visit him, of course.

    Edited: Oh and I'm a beer gal - kinda a snob about it tho, so at least the wallet is a sort of natural limit.
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    8yo can read, he just doesn't want to.

    Furthermore, after struggling with handwriting that looks like a two year old's and fine motor co-ordination all year, I burned out and demanded a break from school (I needed it more than he wanted it) and in the process of decluttering, he finds a notebook in a toy box, declares that he doesn't want to throw it away because he's going to start keeping a journal, and proceeds to write a perfectly normal ordinary neurotypical 8yo boy entry.

    I hand him a some copywork and bribe him with candy. He spits out neater handwriting than my own.

    Pashme bottla brandee.

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    That we are beginning eighth grade in less than two weeks, and DD really has no interest in academics at all. She has expressed some interest in becoming a vet due to her love of animals; possibly there is some hope.
    Between math anxiety, absolutely loathes history, thinks science sucks, enjoys some writing, but stresses out when pressed to stretch herself, hates foreign language, etc. Doesn't matter what curriculum we use and **she** craves structure. Good god, just give me a whiskey and water.
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    --Kelly--Atheist/Accidental/Alternative Homeschool Mom to one great daughter in southern Iowa since 3/1/10. Tenth Grade: TT Algebra 2, Holt World Geography, Holt Biology, myPerspectives-10/Creative Writing, BtB Spanish, and Computer Science.

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    Another 8yo who can, but won't read...
    Every time I see her sitting with a book and mumbling to herself, I try to sneak in closer to eavesdrop....just to hear another gibberish self-made pretend story (Elsa from Frozen visiting Mowgli in India on Aladdin's magic carpet) that she is pretend-reading while turning the pages....

    I do not like alcohol though...I love food...good food. I would go munch on yesterday's salmon curry.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Pdpele, this is like the deep breath that we all take before we start another new school year! LOL!! Thanks for starting this need for it to be February Loving the "new reader/handwriting" anecdotes. (((hugs))) to those parents!

    What drives me to drink, is the fact that I willingly choose to put up with my teen son's recent hormonal mood swings for 8 or so more hours a day than I'm legally required to by law! "I COULD send you to school you know, son!"

    Really, it's not that bad, but the thought does pass through my head on occasion
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    This thread is a fantastic idea! I'm with you ML, on the teen boy thing. DS is 13 and I do not know what happened but his surly attitude and sudden laziness to the point of ridiculousness is driving me batty. He wants to move really bad, the house has to be "show" ready to sell and he yet whines and moans and does (the little I can get him to do) everything half-assed and so poorly I HAVE to redo it. Then tells me why should he bother to do anything at all if I'm going to redo it.

    I've always, always, always made him responsible for cleaning up after himself and cleaning his bathroom and bedroom and just praising the effort and was happy with how he did it. Now I can barely get him out of bed in the mornings before 11am, he walks around scowling and thinks everyone is an idiot. I know this is probably a typical "teen" phase because he's still hugging and sweet and shares his thoughts and feelings and seems generally content and works hard at his activities, but as a preteen he swore he wanted to be a teen like his cousins who really had their acts together, and not a teen like the bad apples we had in the neighborhood that everyone complained about. Yet, here we are.

    He's not a bad kid, he's not about to turn into some sort of hoodlum. Just his sassy comments and laziness need work. DH comes home from work and within the first hour he's home he looks at me in sympathy, and asks how I make it through the day without drinking. Then I disappear into long bath, the den to read, cleaning, organizing, weeding - anywhere away from DS for an hour or two. And I bring a beer or wine. We live near a great winery/vineyards so we buy direct and by the case. I'm a bit choosy about beer. Living in PA, though, we always have Yuengling on hand, and we live near Troegs Brewery, too. Sometimes if it's super hot (like right now) I'll make a gin and tonic, or my favorite for when it's just too damn hot: frozen fruit and white wine or rum in the Ninja, then thin it out a bit with seltzer water - fizzy, fruity, icy cold adult slushy. And it's got fruit! It's practically health food.
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    Serious commiseration on the 8yo a new homeschooler with a kid who didn't read, I had NO CLUE reading avoidance was a universal thing. I woulda cut myself a major slackburger. I realize now it's mostly because they really want a sense of mastery and it is nooot coming easily to them.

    And the 13yo thing too: poor babies' rapidly growing brains. They're in pruning mode where their brains are firing up new pathways and rapidly discarding others. And I swear the 'tude is a feedback loop of sorts. They feel bad, make you feel bad, feel bad for making you feel bad, feel worse... So far I have been able to diffuse it with humor, but ONLY if her friends are not around (then all bets are off)

    My only problem with this thread is it is happening when SCHOOL is not happening here. I have vacation-based amnesia wherein I can only remember the good things about homeschooling (kind of like childbirth maybe? it's a self-protective measure I am sure)

    But I'm down with wine, beer, gin and tonics...
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    HEY!!! Welcome back FWP!! We've missed you!!

    Just physical growth alone on both teen boys is making me crazy!

    Me: "you need new socks?"
    Him: "no"
    Me: "you sure? those look small."
    Him: "no Mom! I know if my socks are too small."

    Two days later...
    Him: "Mom! What did you do with my socks? These are all too small!"

    He has Hobbit feet right and all
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    Sometimes I look around and think, WOW I'm going to be with them 24/7/365 for the next I-don't-know-how-long. No sitters, no family help, DH can only handle two at a time. This feeling was amplified with dh's recent four day vaca (alone) and when he returned home to share tales of adult-only dinners out and drinking at a real bar. We were planning a family trip but are spending that money on OT now. Probably next year, too. No vacation for meeeeee. Pour me a glass. Nah. Just hand me the whole bottle.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    For me it is the bickering between my kids. Despite having the same parents, they are so incredibly different - they look different, act different. People tease them for how different they are. DS is a an all around big dude, red hair, freckles, only burns, man of few words, gamer. DD is super petite, dark hair, dark skin, tropical tan, never stops talking, athlete.

    I'll take a Belgium, glass of red zinfandel, or a cucumber Dry Sparkling soda.
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