As many of you know, I've had a pretty bumpy road with my 14yo dd concerning school. Ever since she's been home, she's been waffling between wanting to stay home and wanting to go back to school. I've been pretty firm in my choice to keep her home...until now.
Last night dd said she needed to talk to me.
DD* Mom, I know you said you don't want to talk about high school anymore. (She had been whining at me and giving, imo, very weak reasons why she wants to go back) But I've been thinking about it. Why did you pull me out of school?
Me* Well, I wanted to give you a break from school; you were really stressed out and missing a lot of days. And two, I wanted to get you caught up on your academics. You were really far behind honey.
DD* I've had my break and what if I work really hard, harder then I have been and catch up? Would you let me go to high school?
Me* I don't know sweetheart...
DD* But that was the whole reason you brought me home! See, homeschooling this year was a good thing but when it's over, I'll be ready for high school.
Me* Savannah, I know the real reason you want to go back. You miss the boys and the drama. *knowing look*
DD* Well yeah (lol) But it's more than that. I want different teachers and different classes, I want lunch and study hall, and dance and drama; not really P.E. but I can deal with that *smiles*
Me* Are you sure? If you're serious, you're really going to have to work hard; not just now but through the whole summer too.
DD* *Eyes go big at the summer part* *Deep breath* I'm sure.
I've always taught my kids to go after what they want and not give up. I told them a good, strong argument will get them a lot further with me than whining ad complaining. I can't help but feel I've taught her a little too well,lol.