Becoming a Former Homeschool Father

It’s back to school time at our house.  With the invention of the year-round school program this actually means that my children have been to school two days now.  They have enjoyed a nice 2-year break from public education.  And as for my oldest son, he isn’t going back to school, but rather he is starting school.

It’s been an interesting couple of days, I must say.  If you recall from previous posts, I mentioned that I was more interested in sending our kids back to school than my wife.  She has been quite nervous about it.  So, it is quite interesting to note my feelings at this time.

On their first day, I went with my wife and kids and dropped the children off at their school.  We left our daughters with their classes then escorted our son to his class to wait for the teacher to arrive.

Well, being bored of waiting, I decided the walk back and just check on our girls.  It was rather sad.  While it seemed that all of the other kids were talking and having some fun, my daughters simply looked bored and nervous.  I think that it was probably because of the track system (year round school), kids become more clique oriented because they have the same kids in their classes every year.  There is not much chance for new faces or friends, and creates a situation where new kids find it harder to mix.  We will have to see, it’s only been two days.

After checking on the girls I returned to my son’s class to wait some more.  The teacher arrived, said Hi to each kid, and my wife (and younger kids) headed home.

Time for me to sleep right? Wrong.

Sure I went to bed.  Sure, I did get a little shut eye, but I was tossing and turning, and I remember checking the clock every couple of hours.  Eventually, I gave up, and woke up after only 4 hours of sleep.  That made things worse, because now I was awake and bored.

The house is too quiet.  Maybe that’s why I couldn’t sleep, I needed background noise.

Anyway, I really missed my kids, and when they got back I was eager to help them with their homework.  I was even eager to help them on the second day.  Not that my kids want my help, mind you.  They would rather their mom help them.  I guess she is smarter than I.

On the second day, we let the kids take themselves to school, and I slept a little better than the day before, but I know it wasn’t as good as I usually sleep.  When I woke up, I decided that I wanted to go see what my oldest daughter’s teacher looked like.  So, I strapped the younger kids into the stroller, and headed to the school.  Unfortunately, the class was playing kick ball outside with some other classes, and I was unable to figure out which teacher belonged with my daughter.  Oh well, it’s an excuse for why I need to go to the school today.

Yes, I miss my kids.  I miss the noise.  I miss having my evening free from homework.  I miss being able to take the kids with me when I run an errand (or go geocaching).  But, I know that this is the right thing to do for our kids right now, and I am sure our family will settle into the mode over time.

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