All Quiet on the Western Front

It’s five o-clock in our Mountain time zone, and I’m counting down the minutes until Jeopardy.

You might recall this means it’s been a DAY.

Our big girls are already in jammies, tucked into bed for the night. I served them a simple, hurried dinner at 4:30 and sent them to brush their teeth by quarter ’til. There was no dessert. They were reading quietly by 5pm sharp.

You see, they owe me three hours.*

They are repaying me for the three hours that they took to complete a three minute copy assignment this morning, which they instead ignored– wiling away the time with fighting, bickering, and causing general strife in our home.

I’d love to report how I remained calm and collected during the series of battles that ensued, but that would be a big, fat lie. I got sucked in. And then I DARED to take a ten minute shower, solo. It wasn’t until I sent an SOS to Husband that I regained enough composure (all four of us were in tears) to dole out fair and logical consequences, diplomatically.

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Nearly ten years of parenting under my belt and I’m still very much a student.

Homeschool isn’t always all lollipops and roses. It’s hard, plain and simple. Sometimes I wish I could spend my days shopping, lunching, and getting a mani-pedi, catching up with friends over coffee. But even in the hard days, I can see (faintly) that it is worth it and it is good.

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Here’s to tomorrow!

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

*I made them calculate the time wasted and their accordingly adjusted bedtime. So at least we got some extra math in. Hashtag, homeschool.

 

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