It's been a hectic morning, so the kids are snuggled in their rooms having a bit of a break, while mom is snuggled on the computer having her break.
It guess it comes with trying to juggle too many things at once, which is what I did this morning. Running around doing laundry; schooling Seth; on the phone with the company I bought Hannah's curriculum from to ask a question I just could not answer Hannah; changing loads; starting lunch; and finally, again changing loads.
I had both the kids at the table at the same time because I was helping Seth PLUS giving Hannah an exam. This was the first time I've had to juggle both at the same time, and I got a good idea how difficult it is. Kudos to large home school families, and kudos to public school teachers.
Anyway, as I was going back and forth helping both kids - explaining to Seth what to do, and giving Hannah the next question - Hannah got tied up in knots on one question. She did not know the answer to it and so was unwilling to answer it at all. I was encouraging her to answer the question, even if it was wrong, because I wasn't using this test against her, but more as a guideline as to where she might need more work. Bright mother that I am, I should have clued in that her inability to answer the question made it obvious she needed more work in that particular area. But, I had Seth in one ear saying, "What do I do now, mom?" and Hannah on the other side saying, "I don't know how to answer this one." This was repeated several times until I finally just told Hannah to "WRITE SOMETHING!" (I didn't holler it, but I was exasperated). Wonderful mother that I am.
I finally look over at Seth to see what he was doing. He was supposed to be writing his numbers 1 through 4. I thought he understood that. In the midst of the kerfuffle with Hannah, and his lack of concentration, he failed to do as I said. Instead, in every box where a number was to be I saw a bunch of scribble. Confused, I asked him what he was doing. His answer?
"Well, YOU ASKED ME TO WRITE SOMETHING. So I did."
It was much needed comic relief. For both Hannah and I. Yup. A nice tension-reliever for a very busy morning.