Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ok, so my mom believes that homeschooling is the best thing for J, but just not for the other kids. She actually said "I do think school has one benefit - it's an education being there on how to deal with the outside world - which most kids are a part of.". I explained in detail how school is so not the real world, but she came back with the fact that since most kids go there, it's the norm. I was kind of aggravated that she hasn't really heard a word I said about homeschooling this whole time. She's always been one to go with the flow of society, but I was hoping that some of my rebellious attitude might have rubbed off a little. She also thinks that because I feel the need to explain my thoughts to her that I'm feeling insecure about it. UGH! No, I want to really have someone in my family totally understand about homeschooling so I can talk about it with them. I hate that her opinion holds so much weight with me! She tends to enjoy disagreeing with me on things and being "right", when usually I just throw my hands up and stop debating. But then again, she had audible doubts about my extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, raw vegan diet, family bed, baby/toddler sling-wearing, dressing/feeding my kids properly, living in the city, and being a SAHM. So, maybe I should just forget about it and stand firm. Just once I'd like to hear her say she's proud of us instead of embarrassed.

I mailed out the quarterly report this afternoon and then went food shopping. J cut out tons of coupons and we searched out the bargains together. She's getting very good at doing math quickly in her head and seemed to really be using her skills at the store. Even at the PO, she asked about a dozen questions and wanted to learn all the ins and outs of how it all worked. W had hip-hop class in the late afternoon and I think he's starting to take this seriously. All the moms got to form an "audience" today and W just ate that up. He's good at being "gangster" with the hip-hop moves. K seems to still be doing well at school. She has chosen to do some extra credit for several classes and her tests and reports are getting good grades. Report cards are out next week, so we'll see. B's band is playing at CBGB's next month. I think that's so exciting! As for me, I got a lot done today and feel pretty organized.

Link of the day:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060122/OPINION01/601220305/1035/archive

5 comments:

Patrice said...

Wow, I though CBGB's closed. Geez, that place has been threatened with closure so many times. Anyway, I have given up on trying to explain homeschooling to my family. My Mom understands, although she wishes that there were schools that were more free form, she gets it. My sister thinks they will eventually go to school (only if they want to, I hope not) and grrr. I hate that. But they have to remember these are our kids and we're bringing them up our way, not necessarily the way they brought us up. Although who can totally escape being a little bit like Mom? LOL!

Patrice said...

Hmmm, I got to thinking some more, and now I'm annoyed. hahahahahaha. I mean how can she say what is good for K and W? Esp since W is so young. I mean she sees her grandkids, they are smart, happy--what makes her think that school is so vital? Some happy excited kids started school and that changed everything. There is an episode of the Simpsons where Bart starts his first day of Kindergarten all excited and when he comes home, he's a changed kid. Ugh. That happens all the time. No way, how can that be good for her grandkids?? (Sorry, I couldn't help that, I think too much. LOL!)

NYCitymomx3 said...

CBGB's is closing in October I heard. I'm done worrying about Mom. She'll see I'm right.

Patrice said...

Really? I won't believe it's closing until it really does. All the times in the past I thought it closed it was still there. ROFL!

Christine said...

I get lots of negatives about homeschooling. We know a LOT of people involved with the public school system. I actually had one lady (with a very concerned tone of voice) ask me if I wanted her to get me the scope and sequence for the school system ... ya' know ... in case the kids ended up in "regular" school ... so we'd know they weren't behind.

Geez. They just don't get it.