Sometimes I think I exist so that everyone else can feel better about themselves! Feeling down about parenting, homeschooling? Listen to me! You’ll feel better, guaranteed! Ha!
Last week I took my daughter to our Classical Conversations Community. There was buzz and excitement. I couldn’t figure out what it was all about. “What’s going on?” I finally asked someone. The kids were excited about dressing up for their research paper project Faces of History. They were supposed to write a paper and then present it dressed up as that person. “Today?” I asked incredulously. Yep. It was due that day, and I had totally forgotten about it. The week before had been Spring break and well, I took a Spring break from all the CC work. I took advantage of the time to have the kids work hard on math and reading that we had fallen behind on.
So my daughter was the only one in the class who didn’t have her project. She had been working on it and was very excited about it. She was so disappointed that she missed out on the fun. Yep. I’m THAT mom.
And then there’s this week. At a different community all three girls were assigned to complete a science fair project complete with presentation board all due on the same day to be judged. I did not want to do three science fair projects. My oldest is the only one that could have done her project with just some help from me. The other two I would have had to do the entire projects with help from them. No thank you. Had it been one project for the three of them, and we could have all worked on it together I would have risen to the occasion, but not three, no way. So here I go again…sending them to science fair day without a project. I am THAT mom. See now, don’t you feel much better about your parenting/homeschooling? Sigh.
Sarah B. says
Since you homeschool all three girls together, I think it would be perfectly acceptable to do one science fair project together. I was the oldest in my family and I remember all too well typing those reports for my brothers and helping complete science projects and build missions. There were internet pics going around where someone’s science project was something like, “How much turmoil does participating in the science fair cause your family.” So funny and true. Science is very useful and often fun, but these special projects sure stress everyone out!
Emily Bennett says
Hi! I love this post! I am a daycare provider and know exactly how you feel. *Sigh* There are always things you could do better and that makes other parents feel. Don’t you wish you could ALWAYS get it right?!