Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl
I was floored this weekend when having lunch with dh's colleague when it was mentioned that my kids seemed a little advanced and maybe they should go to school to slow them down. "You know, a 7 year old with a vocabulary like that is a little weird."
OMG, we've been told something similar about our 5yo being so polite. The horror--right? That he's 5yo, polite, and will go to the deli counter, place his own order and if he wants the rest of his food wrapped to go home, he'll ask them to do it himself.
How weird. He must have serious social problems.
Ummmm... NO! I think what you consider "normal" is a problem!
Originally Posted by elizawill
i hate having to drive so far to hang out with other homeschoolers & do anything worthwhile. that is definitely what i dislike the most. i live in a small town though, so it usually isn't an issue for other people.
Well, I live in a really dense area (central/northern NJ) and to be honest, we have to drive a lot, too. Hope that makes you feel better.
Like others, I have a hard time balancing the 5yo and the 14mo. I don't like worksheet stuff--we like to do "together"/engaging stuff which is really hard with the 14mo. She wants to be right there all the time and sometimes, it's just not conducive to building a volcano.
We don't do a lot of stuff in the first place so I'm feeling particularly sensitive to losing the very little we DID do. And that has an affect on ds' behavior. He really needs that engagement and he craves the learning.
And yeah... I'd like my house to be more manageable. When you're IN the house all the time, you're there making a mess. Try to explain that to people.
The comments from others are certainly a PITA but I have yet to have someone quiz my kid. Honest to goodness, if someone quizzed my kid I would UNDOUBTEDLY quiz them back. In fact, I'm going to start thinking up 2-3 "shut 'em up" questions in case it ever happens. (I'm so snarky like that, huh?) I think the thing that ticks me off most about other peoples comments is that they make excuses for why I need to hs or why it's okay for ME to hs but not them. So it's okay because my son reads way ahead of his age and would be bored... or because he has learning disabilities/immune deficiency/food allergies (insert "acceptable excuse" here)... or that I was a teacher. All very annoying.
Now I'm getting asked if I'll hs the baby. Because, ya know, there are "reasons" to hs ds (see "acceptable excuses" above that aren't likely to apply to the baby).