By Rosanna Ward
In our homeschool this week… We had one of those days. You know the ones — I’m sure you’ve had them too.
For the most part, I can’t complain. My 7-year-old Joel is pretty easy to direct. He may drag his feet some days about doing his math, but once he is on task, he sits quietly, focuses and gets the job done. And usually once he gets started, he has a good attitude for the rest of the school day.
Today Joel was bouncing around acting silly from the very beginning. It was our day to study at my sister’s house with her four girls, and, as usual, we made a stop at our donut shop. We started school at about 10 a.m. and by noon, he still wasn’t finished with his math — a subject that usually takes him less than 30 minutes. He just couldn’t — or wouldn’t — sit still.
This in turn kept Elizabeth’s girls distracted and made for a rough teaching day all around. No amount of “direction” — or nagging, blackmail, or bribes — seemed to help. His hyperactivity turned into whining, and it was like I was beating my head against a wall. I finally threw in the towel on math and gave him a book to read — which was fine with him, he likes reading.
By the time we got home, I had a headache and he was still restless and bouncing around. I still don’t know why he was so restless today. Maybe it is the rain.
The question I have this week is… What do you do on days when your kids just won’t settle down? What is the best thing that we as parents/teachers can do on days like today, when nothing we do seems to help focus our students on their tasks? Do we continue to try to force the subject, or do we switch tasks and just realize that our child is having a hard time controlling their actions that day?
On the one hand, I know my child needs to obey and be self disciplined. But on the other hand, I know how hard it is for a 7-year-old to sit still — and some days are just harder than others.
How do you handle these kinds of days?
— Rosanna Ward is a devoted wife of 19 years and mother of four children, two of which are currently homeschooled. Her oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate, and her youngest son is a toddler. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and has been homeschooling for six years. Rosanna loves to study History and Genealogy, and currently resides in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.