27 Jun 2012
The THNGVB Day
You know, some days homeschooling is not all it is cracked up to be.
Some days it is really no fun at all.
Sometimes your child does not love to learn. Sometimes, in fact, she is determined not to.
Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day*.
The girl wouldn't get dressed. Then she wouldn't eat breakfast. Then she wouldn't turn the telly off. What was it doing on in the first place? That's what I wanted to know.
She wouldn't put the iPad - my iPad - down to listen to her read aloud and then she couldn't narrate it when I'd finished. She wouldn't do her own reading and when she did she couldn't narrate that either. I was seriously beginning to wonder what the point of it all was. And whether I could book her into school. She refused to do any French. She pulled her recorder apart. Her copywork looked like a drunken spider dipped in ink. She answered back and refused to respond. If looks could kill...
Even lunch didn't help.
We were having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
When she was still doing her Maths sheet an hour after she'd started, I...well...I lost it. I would not be surprised if you could here me from there... could you?
Anyhow, then she cried. And I felt really, really small.
Finally we did what we should have done hours ago. We grabbed our cameras and headed out for a really long walk.
At first it was rather brisk. And rather silent. Then suddenly it wasn't. Suddenly it was really nice. And we smiled. At each other.
Some days are like that.
Even in Australia.
And there wasn't even kissing on TV.
*Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. The post makes more sense if you've read the book.