Originally Posted by frugalmum
I'm wondering how things are different for you, HSing a teen, vs when they were younger?
Well, my hsing friends and I joke that once they become teens, our role is to provide transportation and write checks.
A lot depends on the individual teen--my oldest was not college-bound and his hsing through the high school years was a seamless continuation of earlier years, meaning, he did a lot of reading, independent research, some outside classes, lots of hands-on projects etc.
My second child always planned to go to college. She's always been very independent. Starting before "high school" she was keeping track of her reading list, arranging volunteer opportunities for herself, planning her studies, researching colleges etc. etc. She began taking community college classes last year and loves it. She talks to me about what she's doing, and when I learn of opportunities (like an upcoming lab science class) that I think she'd like, I let her know about them, but she's happy making her own plans.
They both began doing more in the way of "field trips" with friends rather than with family. Although, we still enjoy going to a play or show together, they've done more of those things with others as they've gotten older.
|The main issue for me is that I would not be able to help him with math, even if he asked for help.
Same here! There are so many resources though--from books to online help, to tutors to classes--that I'm not too worried about it.
While math is the "school subject" that I couldn't help with, actually they've surpassed my knowledge in a number of other subjects over the years--ds1 knows far more about woodworking than I do for example and my 10y/o's knowledge and ability in music is lightyears beyond my own. So, that's really nothing new--we just find mentors and teachers who CAN help them.