Happy that the kids are (still) home

If you are on Facebook and spent any time scrolling through today’s activity, you can’t have helped but notice the large numbers of parents openly rejoicing about the fact that they once again can ship their kids off to school every day, thereby finally allowing them to “get some work done”.

Am I missing something here?   I mean, clearly these kids are not infants or they wouldn’t be going to school.   Why can’t the parents “get any work done” while the kids are around?

Maybe it’s because kids who spend the majority of their time being told what to do in school often have no single clue what to do with themselves during the summer, and so expect the parents to entertain them?

Maybe the kids have so much pent up energy from sitting in a classroom all year that during the summer months they let loose and the house virtually shakes from all the activity?

Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s not my reality.   Today, for instance, I spent the bulk of the afternoon sewing while my kids did things like raise money so a friend can join us on a trip to the Bahamas (Maya) , Skype with friends and build things on Minecraft (Ben) and relax after dinner with movies and games (both Maya & Ben).   None of those things required any involvement from me, beyond giving suggestions re: money-making and answering a few questions, or taking a look at a new on line creation.

I kind of feel sorry for parents who are so happy to see their kids go away every day.  And also for the kids, because they are the ones sent to school, starting a new year and probably already loaded with homework.

As for Ben, he’ll just take a nap.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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One Response to Happy that the kids are (still) home

  1. Mary Paddock says:

    I homeschooled for twenty years or so and all our boys chose to go to public high school (my last two are there now–and one of them is in his senior year).

    I’ve never understood that rejoicing either. I still hate it when school starts. I like the kids we’ve raised and enjoy their company. The thing is, we only get them for a relatively short period of time and then they’re gone, and I don’t think a lot of parents consider this. I’ll take a dirty house and noise pollution over absence and silence any day.