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  1. Mine, too! It is soooo incredibly exhausting! I've started listening to the Calm Parenting Podcast and it is starting to help me with my perspective. It doesn't help that I'm an incredibly strong-willed firstborn as well so when DS and I are at it with each other, neither of us is backing down which sure doesn't make for a peaceful homeschool day.
  2. Your son sounds like my 16yo son who is in 10th grade this year. I am 80% sure he will be going to public school next year. He's my firstborn and is incredibly strong-willed. To be honest, homeschooling has always been a battle with him (we started when he was in 5th grade). As much as I love him, am prepared to fight FOR him, and would like to him to be able to fully utilize his time for DE classes and/or classes that actually interest him for 11th and 12th grades, I am ready to push him out the door. He may not get the best education at the local PS (we have no private schools locally),
  3. DS is taking a tutorial class for Alg 2. I forget the text offhand but it's a standard high school textbook publisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt or similar). I don't hate it but I don't love it either. A lot of that is due to the tutorial instructor, though.
  4. DS10th grade took Alg 1 in 8th grade (my mistake!), geometry in 9th (though didn't cover some advanced geometry topics), and is taking Alg 2 in 10th, which we have struggled through. Math is not intuitive for him as it was for me. That means he has to take 2 more math classes to graduate which he isn't happy about. Right now, the plan is for him to take DE College Algebra in 12th grade. So, for 11th grade, I need a good plan for filling in the geometry and algebra gaps he has. My goal is for him to become really solid in those for the ACT and for DE College Algebra. So far, I haven't fo
  5. Hi all, just checking back in. Week 2 since laying down new guidelines has gone pretty well. We did end up having a hiccup or two last week with an assignment that didn't get posted on the tutorial's website until late and he'd "forgotten" about it so it did get turned in a little late, BUT he had worked hard the entire week so I chose not to give him too much grief about it. This week, he decided it would be in his best interest to work over the weekend since we had to travel some yesterday. To clarify, DS has six classes and three of them are very rigorous (chem, alg 2, and lit); t
  6. Again, thanks everyone. DH, DS, and I had a good long talk yesterday and implemented some rules related to home life and school. I can't say it's gone perfectly yet as we are navigating through them together. It's as hard on me to not hover over him as it is for him to stay on task. Thankfully, this week is a little lighter in homework than previous weeks have been so he shouldn't have much difficulty getting everything done on time. We have allocated his work across the three days he has at home and we've even decided to adopt the novel he's reading for lit as our family read aloud for
  7. I appreciate the concerns about the traveling, etc. Truly, though, it isn't the traveling that is the issue. DS BEGGED to take these classes because it lets him be with his friends. He knows and admits than online schooling is not how he learns best and was not a good fit for him last year. He loves going to the classes. He just complains about the work the classes entail. He loves to get away from his siblings each week and have some down time at Grandma's and/or his cousin's house. It really is a nice setup he has as he gets taken out to dinner and has lots of veg time while there.
  8. Oh, he loves going to the tutorial classes because he has a ton of friends/cousins there and I suspect he loves getting away from us two days a week 🙂 Grandma and Grandpa also completely spoil him while he's there. He just doesn't like the workload. I'll admit, it's a lot of work and I find myself internally grumbling about why so much is assigned each week, but I want him to develop the character trait of perseverance. He wants to give up too easily and doesn't like to be "uncomfortable." I keep telling him that life is full of times where he's going to need to man up and do things he do
  9. Thanks, everyone! This has all been extremely helpful. I should've included in the OP that DS is taking 6 courses ALL through tutorials (Alg 2, Chemistry, World Lit, Religion, Art, and American History). Most of the classes are very rigorous (probably even more so than college level courses) which is why I was even considering DE courses (the cost of the DE courses would be less than what I'm paying for the tutorial classes). The struggle we have is that he has to travel 2.5 hours each way to attend his tutorial classes because we live in a small town. He spends the night with grandparents
  10. The only high school in our small town is not an option for our son. He would probably like to go there since their chemistry teacher (who I'm paying to tutor him one afternoon a week) tells him that what he's covering in his tutorial chemistry is a lot more than what she covers in her high school class 😕
  11. Actually, ALL his classes ARE outsourced now. He goes 2 days per week and they are pretty rigorous. He's got A's and B's in all of them BUT it's only because I stay at him the other days about staying on top of them. Otherwise, he'd get to the last day and have all his assignments due. Time management is a huge source of our conflict. He's not been evaluated for learning differences and honestly, I don't think those are an issue. It's more of an issue of "I don't like this and I think it's stupid so I'm going to procrastinate doing it as long as possible and when I do get to it, I don't r
  12. Surely I'm not alone in this........My oldest DS10th grade is doing okay in his classes but it's basically because I'm pushing, pulling, and dragging him through every single one of them. Frankly, I'm tired and I feel like my other homeschooled kiddos are suffering because my oldest just can't/won't rise to the occasion unless I'm basically sitting on him every day to get his work done and done well. I'm ready to throw my hands up and let the chips fall where they may regarding his future. Needless to say, it's causing lots of tension in our home day in and day out and it wouldn't change ev
  13. This a great viewpoint. Do you plan to list any outside providers/curricula used on the transcript? I'm not sure I feel it is necessary unless it's a DE class taken through a university or CC 😕
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