Some days I feel like such a failure as a teacher.  Today we began very relaxed, because once again it’s sunny and 70, and I think we need to spend time outside while we can.    But after I called them in and started working with ds 12, things just crumbled.  He hates Wordly Wise because it’s so stupid and he already knows all those words. 

And math… I get so tired of him telling me that I make it even harder, that I’m just confusing him.  This morning I explained carefully how to find a percentage of a quantity, while he sighed and acted bored.  Then when he started his workbook, he couldn’t do it.  I explained again, and as I recapped, he said, “Do you think I’m an idiot, that I can’t get it the first time?”  I just can’t win.  If I explain it, he’s upset.  If I don’t explain it, he’s mad.  How can I do it any different?

I love homeschooling.  I really do.  But when attitudes stink, learning just goes out the window.  And it seems like our attitudes are stinking today.  Not just his, either–mine, too.  And stinkin’ attitudes aren’t a school problem, they’re a personal and parenting problem…  I do NOT like where this is leading!  I am done talking about it.


Dd 10 is a phonaholic.  She has a defunct cell phone, which she uses to “call” and “text” her friends.  She’s evidently been practicing text shortcuts, too, because one of her sentences the other day was:  He loved 2 C the blossoms.  groan!


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  1. Not looking forward to the stinking thinking, but I am kind of excited about homeschooling!  God gives grace for each trial!  Look at HIM, you’ll all be fine! :sunny: 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there MOM! :love:  Attitudes aren’t fun to deal with are they, and ya feel like banging your head on the wall.  It seems they want a reaction from us, to justify their actions/attitudes?????  Don’t know.  Life’s a mystery somedays:fun:

  3. fwren says:

    Oh yeah, one of those silent screaming and loud sighing days ~ just go take a nature walk and have him figure up the percentage of fallen oak leaves he sees or something.  :p

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there mama… We have attituder-s around here too. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been there too- more often than I’d care to mention. lolI don’t have the answer….. just hang in there and pray, pray, pray. RYC: I don’t think eyebrow waxing hurts very much when I get it done professionally. However, I’ve tried doing it myself and it hurt like crazy! RYC: I am thinking of doing a daily blog theme, but haven’t gotten around to finding one for every day. For now I’m just doing Wordless Wednesday and Thankful Thursday (I didn’t come up the idea, I saw both on other blogs around the web)

  6. aj1965 says:

    Yes, we’re very familiar with B.A.S. (Bad Attitude Syndrome) and needing a major A.A. (Attitude Adjustment) :wink:!  We just send them to their rooms for some J-E-S-U-S time…. including M-E!!! :p  I think the walk idea sounds nice, too, though!
    Hope your day gets better!! Just remember….. “Mama said there’ll be days like these. There’ll be days like these, my Mama said”??? No, that’s not really what I wanted to say, but, it just “popped” out!  Anyway, I’ll be praying you get the answers for your day as you ask the Lord!! (I’m SURE He’ll answer!!) :sunny::love:

  7. joy4jesus424 says:

    Been there…done that…many times! The only encouragement I have (it works for me) is to remember that tomorrow is another day to do a better job as a mom. God is faithful and only wants the best for us. I’ll be praying for you this week. Sometimes it seems these things look bigger when we are single parenting. Take a break and don’t be too hard on yourself. Here’s another thing that works to relieve the stress…take a bubble bath and tell the kids they may not bother you unless someone is dying or the house is on fire. Luv ya         ~M

  8. mamaglop says:

    Prima was about that age when she told me she’d rather do it herself.  She liked to dive into one study for a day or longer rather than touch on several subjects a day.  She was the kind I knew would do a better job than me so I let her. With math she knew she needed help and I couldn’t help her so she contracted with a private school to attend math class there.  We sometimes use a bad attitude as an excuse to “blow the stink off” with some hard physical exertion outside.  Could he take on a project like planning and spading up a garden or building wooden planters.  My boys built a child’s garden bench, sawing it themselves.  Question.   If he really knows the words, why are you doing it? 

  9. Poor ducky. I understand. We are having some fits with my 10 year old son and math. But, we get by. It is more of a challenge to train their character than it is to teach them math and vocab. Wordly Wise got tedious for my kids, too. Several are quite crossword puzzle impaired. We switched to Vocabulary Cartoons. But, I think it is not the curriculum that is the problem, eh? Boys want to be men, and they see us mothers as standing in the way. I think the idea of building something is a great one. Give him the manly work to do, and then he won’t be so fussy with you, especially when you praise his ingenuity and muscles.

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