Tonight when I went into my sons' room to tuck them in my oldest told me that he was "Stressed about something at school."
Lots of things ran through my mind; bullying, recess, the fitness challenge, etc.
"What is it?" I asked him.
"Well," he told me, "We have this project to do where we have to read a short story and then there are 8 questions about it and we have to answer four of them."
"So what's the problem?" I asked him.
"I keep forgetting the book at school." he said, "It's due Friday and I haven't even started it."
"So bring the book home tomorrow and we'll get it done." I told him.
"Ok." he said and laid down.
"Wait," I said, "Go downstairs and make a note to yourself in your folder to bring the book home so you don't forget."
So he did.
Later, when I came upstairs to go to bed I found a note on my desk. It read, "READ!!!: All the Famous People were homeschooled. PLEASE! Can I too? Public School is to stressful! People who are Homeschooled are smarter!"
I laughed and wondered how being homeschooled would solve the stress of forgetting to do his homework. Then I realized that I SUPPOSE you can never forget your work at school if you are homeschooled. On the other hand, you never leave school!
THAT would be stressful.
I'm sorry that my son wants to be homeschooled. He's very bright and goes to a small school so I know that it's challenging for him to find people he has a lot in common with. If we won the lottery tomorrow I think that I would enjoy homeschooling my children - if we had the money to build a home with a dedicated "school area" and if we had the money to take long "educational" trips.
But I don't think that homeschooling is going to work for us right now.
And I don't think it's going to solve the problem that my son wants to solve - namely not having to do the things he doesn't want to do.
My husband has mentioned moving to Texas a couple of times. Last week my OTHER son asked hopefully, "Do they have SCHOOLS in Texas?"
He was of course hoping that they didn't.
I'm sorry that my kids think they're stressed out. I'm happy that the most "Stress" they have in their lives is not wanting to do their homework.