Monday, April 6, 2020

SO HOW DO YOU LIKE HAVING THE KIDS AT HOME 24/7?

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I finished my taxes today. I have a headache.

How is having the kids at home working out for those of you who have children, or grandchildren whose parents work and the kids can't go to preschool or daycare?

I love this video of an Israeli mom ranting about home schooling. She's more than a little frustrated, as I would probably be if I went 30 years back in time when the oxymorons were youngsters.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug



And a bonus funny:

I'd be the teacher drinking on the job.

45 comments:

  1. I would certainly be the teacher drinking on the job. And quite possibly before and after the job as well.

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  2. I can't imagine what I would be like to be stuck in the house with the kids AND to have to home-school them. How ignorant do I need to be made to feel?

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  3. Yes, I don't envy parents right now, poor bastards.

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    1. I always said that homework was punishment for parents.

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  4. Yes, they aren't just home the parents have to home school! Leah is lucky Ian is only in preschool--LOL! They have "school" every afternoon while his little brother sleeps but it's workbooks on the alphabet and numbers and practice cutting with scissors and copying words. Whew!

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    1. I can't imagine what it's like for people who have multiple children who are in the upper grades.

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  5. I know it is hard and tiring. My granddaughter is an only child and an extreme extrovert. She is having a difficult time being "alone" with her mom and dad. I am doing what I can for her online school via FaceTime just to give her parents a break.

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  6. I'm so thankful I do not have school-age children. I would be the day-drinking teacher who put my own child in permanent suspension, I'm sure. That would be with one child. I cannot imagine what those with multiple children are going through. Yes I can. Hell. That's what. There aren't enough hours in the day to homeschool even two children with material you're totally unfamiliar with. Plus cook and do laundry. And CLEAN. And order food. And and and... but we all have to do the best we can to get through this crisis. Believe me, kids are learning a whole lot about real life right now that they would never ever learn in a formal school classroom. And that's probably a really good thing. Cheers! And stay safe :)

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    1. I hope they are learning about real life and not ignoring it, as so many children are able to do.

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  7. That woman is absolutely right! I don't know how parents are supposed to direct their children's learning, and in many cases, are expected to work their usual hours on their own job as well. I think we all need to lower our expectations a bit in every way. And have a whole lot of compassion for others AND ourselves.

    Love that meme - gotta keep smiling and that does the trick for today, Janie :)

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    1. Good! Keep that smile on your sweet face as long as you can.

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  8. Yeah, I wouldn't want to be trying to home school right now, or at all! Thankfully my 'kid' is all grown up. And if I did have to homeschool, I'd might drink on the job, too!

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    1. I don't drink but home schooling would make me start.

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  9. I love my kids to no end, but I ABSOLUTELY HATE THEM BEING HOME WITH ME WHILE I'M WORKING!!! They don't understand the law of (1) lunch break and (2) 15 minute breaks. They need a new meal every hour! They scream into my conference calls and they need constant entertainment. I can't blame them because they probably hate it more than me, but, ahhhh!!!!!

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    1. That's difficult. You need to tie them up and gag them (you know I'm kidding--not).

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  10. When I was in his school I did have a teacher who drank on the job.
    Love the poor Israeli mother. It could be me. I'd probably pawn the learning off on aunts and uncles.

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    1. Carol also had a teacher who drank at school. He kept a bottle in his desk drawer.

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  11. That Israeli mom is hilarious. I think it'd have been less funny in English. I did pick up on "b'vakasha" - with means "please." But I'm quite certain it wasn't said politely. English and Hebrew don't translate very directly.

    Be and stay healthy.
    Love you.

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    1. Yes, it would be less funny in English. Her exasperation is so obvious no matter what she says.

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  12. My adults children (an oxymoron if ever there was) came home from the far ends of the earth to quarantine. It's a double edge sword, leaving meals on trays at the door and worrying about DH and I being "at risk," while wanting the newly unemployed kiddos near us. Like everything, it shall pass.

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    1. Oh, dear. Oxymorons being served meals on trays? At least you don't have to home school them.

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  13. With the "kids" managing their own college online classes, I am a bit baffled by my role being basically nothing as far as that s concerned (and they certainly do not want my input)

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    1. They're still at the age that they think they're smarter than their mom.

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  14. I admire those parents. I deal with crazy 3 cats on daily basis and even I'm "drinking on the job" occasionally. I can't even imagine dealing with kids like that.

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  15. I'm so pleased I'm at the 'empty nester' stage in my life :) That being said, it's a real struggle for parents with their kids at home. Some of them are still working, so juggling that with home life is tough.

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  16. All said and done, one can't blame the kids. They are plain bored.

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  17. I feel for this mother. It's an impossible situation, and I'm glad that I don't have to deal with it. But I feel for the teachers too. They are also in an impossible situation. We all need to chill a little and give ourselves some slack. We can't expect to function normally in a crazy world, where everything is upside down and we have to worry about staying healthy in a pandemic.

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    1. I feel sorry for all the students and the teachers. Their routine is completely changed.

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  18. Happy Easter and I hope you are safe and well !
    parsnip

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    1. Thank you! I hadn't checked on comments in a while. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

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  19. Too funny! So glad I don't have to worry about any of that. My daughter is managing. And Bubba. Well, he's another story.

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  20. My favorite homeschooling meme so far was the one that said, Done with the lessons at home. My kids are dropping out and going to trade school. So far, both are training to be bartenders.

    All of my boys are home. I don't have to teach them, but feeding them has been a lot of work. Two were sent home from college and two came home to work remotely.

    Stay safe. Stay healthy!

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    1. I can't imagine how much time it takes to feed all those young men.

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  21. Some parents may be looking for their receipt.

    Hello, Janie.

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    1. Costco accepts returns without a receipt. The parents who have had enough should take their children to Costco and drop them off.

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