Remember the time when parents could admit to the fact that their children were plum stupid without being judged? Without having anything to prove to anyone or maintaining a filter in any way.
It wasn’t done to degrade their children, but more as an affectionate matter of fact, lighthearted – just incredibly blunt opinion without holding back…
Almost as support from one parent to another to ease any anxieties someone may have had about their own child’s level of intelligence.
Thick As A Brick
“Hey Betty, how’s little Billy coming along with his school work?”
“He’s as thick as a brick Shirley!”
“Little Johnny’s just the same Love, don’t worry they’ll be right!”
Parenting Without The Farce
Parenting without the farce must have been so glorious, so simple, so uncompetitive!
If home schooling my little ones due to COVID-19 has taught me anything it’s that my children’s teachers err on the side of positivity!
Home schooling Truths
According to these incredible human beings, my children are all doing wonderfully at school. Sure they’re not in the ‘gifted or talented’ realm, but they were supposedly progressing nicely.
I had absolutely no clue that my children were ‘thick as bricks’ – to use a term which was once hilariously acceptable. Not in a bad way, they’re just not exactly where their teachers kindly told me they were.
Perhaps they thought I couldn’t handle the truth?
Oh gosh, that sounds awful, doesn’t it? But I don’t mean it in a nasty way!
What I am trying to say is that my children’s level of education isn’t as rosy as what their teachers made me believe it was.
I Thought It Was All Going Much Better Than It Really Is!
Judging from their homework I was under the impression that things were going smoothly.
Thanks to Google Classroom and the work set out for my little ones by their wonderful teachers however, I now see my children’s school life in a completely different light!
Heavens, I have absolutely no idea how they’ve even made it as far as they have!
Don’t get me wrong, they are just the most wonderful children I could have ever hoped to have and I am proud of who they are as the beautiful little individuals they are.
But I’m not one to sit here and pretend that my children are on track with their learning, when I can see they clearly are not.
And that is perfectly fine, I mean if they’re doing their best and this is all they can muster, then good on them for achieving the best that they can and trying their hardest!
But therein lies the problem. I do not believe they were putting any effort in at all!
And that’s not fair to themselves let alone to the person having to try and get them to retain the lesson.
Honestly, I don’t even know if parents are allowed to admit to having kids who are not ‘on track’ anymore.
Everyone is so busy telling one another how incredibly intelligent and gifted their child is, I’m just not sure if there’s room for anything else.
No breath of fresh air… no moment to exhale and just say to your bestie “listen, my kid has absolutely no idea so we’re starting with the basics”.
Now I’m not comparing my children to Karen’s, because we all know that compassion is the thief of joy. Besides anyone can stage a perfectly styled image of their kids for social media and claim how intelligent they are.
I’m not even trying to keep up!
No, I’m merely comparing my experience with my little ones to the impression of that which their teachers gave me of them during Parent Teacher Interviews.
There I was proud as punch, and of course, I still am, because after all, I’m their mother. But I am also happy to admit that they aren’t as brilliantly intellectual as their lovely teachers made them out to be. And that’s ok… I can live with it!
Currently, I’ve stuck their sight words to every surface of the house and I’m doing random pop quizzes unexpectedly, reading everything we possibly can… and just loving every moment together.
Thankfully they’re all still in primary school so it’s really not the end of the world!
I’m So Proud Of My Kids!
So far we’ve been in complete self-isolation for over a month now, with my hubby being the only one to leave our home for work and essentials.
I feel fortunate to be in the position to keep them in the safety of their own home- but something even more humbling is that these seven little beautiful beings are happy just to be together!
They aren’t losing their minds or becoming anxious by their surroundings… and that can’t be taught! It doesn’t come from any textbook or depend on how intelligent a child is.
It comes from within and my heart bursts with happiness just to think that I have been so incredibly blessed to have such peaceful children. Of course they have their epic moments with one another, both good and bad. Sibling rivalry is a glorious thing… but they are simply content knowing they are safe.
And I could not ask for anything more!
We’ll Get There
As for my little ones’ studies, with a bit of luck, I will be able to get them all where they need to be eventually. The beauty of knowledge is that we never stop learning!
They don’t always have to be the smartest in their grade, sometimes that desire to learn, the curiosity, willingness to apply themselves and just think on their own is more than enough!
I love their questions, their complete lack of understanding of the concepts in their class work, and most of all I love that they are so little that they believe that someone like me is brilliant for being able to explain the basics to them.
It truly is a magical feeling, one I’m sure disappears with age and education. But, for now, I will enjoy every second of it whilst it lasts… They’re only young for such a short time after all!
Wishing everyone and your loved ones the greatest of health and strength during this tremendously uncertain time!
And anyone worrying in silence about their little ones lack of ability, don’t worry Love, they’ll be right!
What home truths have been revealed by you home schooling your kids? Tell us in the comments below.