Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! I don’t know if fantastic is the word I would use to describe my week, but I’ve had worse.
The kids came back from camp last Friday. They always return tired, hungry for something that isn’t camp food, and – my favorite part – very reflective and insightful. I don’t know if it’s lack of sleep or being inspired by the messages they heard and discussions they had at camp, but I always enjoy talking with them when they’re in that deep-thinking mode.
One of my favorite discussions was with Josh. There will be a blog post about this at some point, but my Weekly Wrap-Up readers are getting a little preview until I can corral the thoughts and put them into coherent words.
Josh told me that he wants to start getting up earlier for work so that he’ll have time to read. Did you catch that? My severely dyslexic boy wants to have more time to read. I never thought I’d hear those words but after learning how to deal with his dyslexia with the help of Lexercise, he’s become a pretty avid reader. He doesn’t enjoy fiction, but he loves to read non-fiction books and listen to podcasts to learn.
Which brings me to my second point. He’s glad to be out of school so that he can spend more time learning about things that interest him. Don’t misunderstand. I have allowed lots of time for the kids to follow their interests these last few years, but they still had to spend time learning things that they needed to know but didn’t necessarily enjoy.
I know a lot of people might disagree with that, but at my house you still have to learn basic high school level math and study history whether you’re excited about it or not.
My point is, Josh wants to invest at least some of his spare time learning. So, somehow, with all my false starts and stops, in spite of my shortcomings, and despite my inability to see it at the time, it seems as if I did manage to instill a love of learning in my boy.
That deserves a big, excited happy dance, y’all! I can’t even tell you how much it meant to me to hear him say those things. And, yeah, I totally ordered the books that he wanted to start with.
He also got promoted to a management position at the job he’s only been at since December. Yeah, I’m feeling pretty proud of the boy right now.
Megan has been spending a lot of time practicing her driving with Brian. Not with me. Never with me. My nerves can’t take it no matter how well the kids do.
She was really excited to learn to drive at first. Then, she lost interest and didn’t practice much. However, she’s decided that she wants to get her license by her birthday this fall, so she’s been making an effort to get lots of driving time in.
We let her go to a concert alone with a girlfriend this week. Her friend is 19 and has been driving awhile, so we let them go together. It was about a two hour drive away. I gave Megan strict instructions to text me when she got to the concert, when they left the concert, and when they arrived safely back at the friend’s house.
She was great at keeping me updated, so I didn’t worry too much, and they had a great time. This parenting fledgling adult thing is hard sometimes, y’all.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.