ElizaG Posted February 28, 2012 Share Posted February 28, 2012 Sometimes I feel like I'm having a Lloyd Dobler crisis. I don't want to buy anything sold or processed, sell anything bought or processed, or process anything bought, sold, or processed. Or tweak anything bought, sold, or processed. I just want to spend as much time as possible with my children before they go off to college. But I'm not a kickboxer. Or an unschooler. There are certain things I expect the children to learn, and certain skills I expect them to develop. I've just never found any ready-made materials that work for us, as written, for more than five minutes. Things that are supposed to save time turn out to be a preoccupation. :tongue_smilie: We've tried the DIY approach, either with loose adherence to TWTM or other guidelines, or just with me winging it. These lessons go very well, and the children love it, but it's so hard to stay organized. We get into some great learning in one subject area, and everything else (school & home) falls by the wayside. So then we end up going back to the ready-made stuff -- see my sig -- and we all sort of breathe a sigh of relief. It's like cooking from scratch (also an issue around here). To some extent, I'm left feeling that the children would do better with a more relaxed mother, a more predictable daily routine, and the educational equivalent of the better brands of store-bought lunch meat and bagged baby carrots. But there has to be a middle ground -- going above the basics, without reaching beyond the limits of what's practical. I'm just not good at finding it. Help, please; I've fallen down a well built of my own ambitions. Has anyone been in this situation and found a way out? :tongue_smilie: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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