Hello again, world!

Ok, so I let this nice little blog go to seed, as it were, over the summer. It was a busy summer. It’s turning out to be a busy fall, too, but for some reason the Urge to Blog has struck again.

So, my middle child, my 11yo daughter Elle, is in middle school this year, and she is struggling with the work. It takes her forever to get her homework done. I haven’t yet figured out whether the assigments are too big or if she is working too slow. I suspect it is a little bit of both. Her math teacher is a long-term sub with not much teaching experience, and the problems are horrendous. That is, they would be just fine if every damn one didn’t end with “Explain your answer.” Ugh. Half a dozen of those, and it’s not hard to see how a conscientious kid like Elle could spend an hour just working on math! Then again, she is undeniably ditzy. She can take ten minutes to put on her shoes. It could well be that for Elle, “doing her homework” involves a lot of staring out the window, doodling, daydreaming…

I’m debating whether or not to get in touch with the school about this. I am so NOT the mom who complains to the principal. But I have often had to send her to bed in tears because her homework isn’t done. And she is behind, and it’s getting harder and harder for her to catch up. And it is stressing her out. And even if it wasn’t stressing her out, I still don’t want my 11yo doing more than an hour of homework (total, not just math) per day. That is just not right.

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