“Waaahhhh!!!” I wail, “It’s working!!!”
Even after four kids, I don’t know what’s worse when bringing my wee ones to the church nursery:
- The toddler wails, plump tears dripping down his face, all available body parts clinging to me, eyes wide with terror, the epitome of “separation anxiety.”
- The toddler wobbles off, eager to play with new friends and new toys, with nary a backward glance to The Mom.
I’ve been thinking that, all this week, as I’ve viewed the apparent success of my plan to have my 10yo, Ethan, do most of his schoolwork independently. I made a month of lesson plans, putting an asterisk next to the assignments which we would do together. He does the bulk of his schoolwork Monday-Thursday, with Friday reserved for only two regular assignments, and any corrections he needs to make to that week’s work. Most of his work, I’m not even checking daily — my first time ever. I’ve told him that I’ll check it all on Friday; the fewer corrections he needs to do, the more free time he’ll have that day.
I was certain he’d be Toddler #1, as described above. Instead, he’s Toddler #2. I’ve been checking in on him, “Are you sure you don’t have any questions?”
“Nope, Mom. I understand what I’m doing.”
“Would you like to listen in as I read Charlotte’s Web to Grant and Wesley?”
“Nope. We read that together, plus I’ve read it on my own, plus I’ve seen the movie. I’m OK.”
This week, I’ve only read his science to him, and gone over his science work with him. Oh, we also have done a small devotion together, and today, we did some history discussion questions.
I felt so much like I’d been abandoning him, I sat down as he watched his Latin DVD this morning. It’s a review lesson, as we actually got through the first 7 weeks or so of Latin, last year (w/o the DVD). He looked at me in some bewilderment. Clearly, I was not needed. Still, though, I put my hand on his leg, and sat with him for 20 minutes or so…
Odd. I homeschool my child — this is our 6th year doing so — and I feel like I’m not seeing enough of him.
I don’t know whether to be happy or sad.