Sunday, February 1, 2015

Next Time Tell Them that YOU WOULDN'T Do It!

The other day Elizabeth was telling me about a conversation that she had with her Composition teacher at school. As they were talking about the type of work on the docket for the class (Comp II) Elizabeth told her instructor I've never had to write an argument paper before.


Elizabeth, when you are talking to people, please remember that you are representing homeschool and, in many ways, ME to the people in your world. Next time, please truthfully say, Mom worked with me on this type of writing (or other work) and I REFUSED TO DO IT.

OK, thanks, Honey. Carry on with your story...

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  1. Lol. This is my future with my oldest!

  2. I confess to an internal "yes!" while reading this, though my reaction should have been more sympathetic. It's just that my oldest, a 15yr old girl, does this sort of thing as well. She's bright, funny, and usually someone I love for people to meet, but oy these are those cringey moments! "I don't know how to use a card catalog to look up books" she recently told our librarian with a trace of woe (her favorite dramatic flavor at the moment). Yeah, that was me with my face in my palms, hiding behind the nearest bookshelf. My initial reaction is the same as yours, "daughter, remember that you represent homeschooling." The second: "I taught you that when you were like eight! And again when you were twelve! What are you talking about??"

    Now, I think you'll agree there's no shame in admitting when you don't know something, and we can't teach them everything, but all this effort we homeschooling parents put into preparing our children only to have them play dumb, well... it's really not as cool as they think it is.

    A horrible side benefit is that I am beginning to understand my own mother and our relationship. Gaaaaahhh!

    So what do we do? How do we gracefully survive this process of allowing them to be their own persons?

    1. Oh, I know. It's not what I generally SAY to my daughter, but sometimes I just have to say, "HEY, I tried." LOL


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