Just because virtual life looks so peachy keen sometimes, doesn't mean that life behind the curtain always is.
I spoke to several ladies this past weekend at the Covington homeschool conference and I was asked how I prevent tearful meltdowns over school work in my home.
Forget what I told you dear ladies. I'm hear to confess to you all that these tearful meltdowns over lessons still do happen in my household...for instance, after a weeklong Easter/Spring break.
I was ready to start back full-throttle. They weren't.
One child dissolved into a few tears and vented her feelings on several blank lines with the boldly capitalized words "I DO NOT KNOW!". This was just not acceptable, and my German-bloodline took control over my calm, dominate French self. I decided I needed to control this difficult personality or the rest of the school year would fade into whining complaints and "I DO NOT KNOW" answers.
Did it work?
Of course not! My oldest daughter arrived home for lunch and sided with her younger siblings. "I don't blame them. Don't even ask me what I learned in my first hour class. I don't remember a thing."
She sent me to the store and I retreated. What she said or did in my absence, I have no clue. But I came home to happier students and more willing attitudes.
While my logical mind pushes us ahead in our academics ever so much like Kim does at Starry Sky Ranch, there are far too many times I have looked back over meltdowns and tears and thought, "That was so not worth it. There was no need for that."
At the end of the day, I prefer to see a day free of frustration and full of love, smiles and laughter; rather than a day filled with checked off assignments, messy answers, and "I DO NOT KNOW" attitudes.
The children are finishing up their lessons right now as I type.
It wasn't a bloggy, sweet day in our homeschool today, but I learned a thing or two. That makes it a good day.