Thursday, March 26, 2015

When They Want One Thing & I Want Another

The time has come for our homeschool co-op registration renewal.  I've blogged several times about our participation in the co-op.  This is the first year that we've been part of a co-op for the entire year.  It's been a fun change for our family and it has seemed to work out rather well.

A few weeks ago, I submitted a class proposal and applied to be a teacher for the upcoming school year.  I was pretty excited about it.  I felt like I had a great, fresh idea for the early elementary crowd, who were often underrepresented in the class course list.  Sadly, despite no parameters being set on who can apply to be a teacher, it was deemed that I wouldn't be the right fit for teaching next year.  And I was pretty hurt by the situation.  Instinctively, I wanted to quit when this year ended.  However, I decided that the co-op participation was for my sons and if they wanted to be involved next year, we would renew our membership.  
Now, it's time to decide.  The boys are sometimes on the fence about it.  They like the fun of co-op, they LOVE the field trips, and they enjoy seeing their friends.  They do not like classes that end up being boring or lacking in good instruction and they really don't enjoy waking up early.  The course list has been decided and available for review.  As expected, there are few classes for Jaxon as a Kindergartener.  I suppose at five years old, however, it just needs to be fun and engaging.  There are a few selections I think Zander would enjoy and several offerings for Adisson.  

Really, I'm back and forth on the decision and still hesitant.  It doesn't seem fair that my hesitation is because of my own hurt feelings when no one has been unkind to my children.  I make a lot of decisions for our family, and nearly all of the decisions regarding our homeschool, so it's a bit difficult for me to want to decide one way and the boys to decide the other.  Next week, we'll review the course catalog together to determine if the boys find classes they would be interested in taking.  

Have you ever been in a situation where your children wanted to continue with an activity that you did not?  



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