Saturday, September 14, 2013
What to do when it's not working
I thought this year would be AWESOME. No outside obligations to pre-school or co-ops or even homeschool groups. We could just go through the days completely carefree and really get into our homeschool.
I was wrong.
Just plain wrong.
The lack of obligation has left us with no routine, no structure. Turns out, when I only have myself to rely on ... I suck. I sink. Nothing seems to get done.
Some tough choices were made. Well, they seemed tough in the moment but now just seem to make sense.
The youngest is starting Mother's Day Out of Monday. She goes twice a week for four hours a day - same place my middle one went to. The financial obligation is quite minimal and it buys us eight of hours a week of no toddler squawking, destroying, and demanding attention. She has lunch there and then ::fingers crossed:: will come home and name for a couple hours. Two kids and a baby was just fine, but this crazy toddler? Oh, no. It's a whole new ballgame - and she doesn't follow the rules! Heck, she doesn't even know that there are rules!
For my middle son, we went on a tour of a private school. It has the lowest student-teacher ratio in the area which, I feel, is probably the most important thing for his success. I submitted an application and application fee on the spot and he tested the following week. So, we're waiting to learn about test results. There was one opening when we toured, but another family was ahead of us on the application list. So, we'll see.
I have to say, though, just knowing there is an end in sight to what is currently going on has brought SO MUCH relief. I'm genuinely looking forward to the little one heading off for a bit and to possibly having my oldest to myself again.
I think everyone suffered under the stress.
The middle one really needs routine and structure right now. He had some behavior issues that just don't benefit from our homeschooling style. Getting anything resembling routine and structure done with a Terrible Two around seems totally impossible anyway.
The tuition bill isn't something I am looking forward to, but knowing it is best for him makes it easier to stomach.