School can be hard. Your kids don’t make it any easier.
Schools may be closed but the act of learning continues. Many parents have been tasked to ensure their kids receive that education they’ve been so adamant about.
For many parents, it shouldn’t be that hard. It’s a welcome opportunity to spend more time with the little ones. Taking up the teacher role can even provide you with some dose of learning you never knew you needed or brush up your knowledge of things you’ve already forgotten, like who invented refrigerators and what the relationship is between two perpendicular lines (mutual respect?).
But for Candice Kennedy, homeschooling proved to be a little more challenging than she had expected. At first, things seemed simple. Teachers were sending materials and assignments via email. The kids, with her help, just have to do them. But for the mom of three, things turned out to be too much.
The two older children are in middle school, entailing them to have six or seven teachers. With six or seven teachers sending out two sets of homework each, it’s not hard to imagine that as these assignments were sent out, the subject line read: You’re in for a world of pain.
Consequently, the family felt a little bit panicky. Emily, 10, was anxious that she wasn’t going to finish everything on time. Tyler, 12, was getting all confused about geometry (aren’t we all). Candace, already overwhelmed as it is, was scrambling to provide the answers that could stop everyone from having a meltdown.
Despite hoping to provide all the answers that her children seek, she simply didn’t have them. And to sum up all that’s happening around him is the youngest member of the family – Ben, 8. Witnessing all the ruckus, he decided to chill and offer his unfiltered thoughts.
In a journal assignment entry, he perfectly depicted, with much ardor and wisdom, how his mom was dealing with the whole homeschooling thing. He wrote: It is not going good. My mom’s getting stressed out. My mom isreally getting confused. We took a break so my mom can figure thisstuff out, and I’m telling you, it is not going good.
Something that honest was enough to send Candace into hysterical laughter. And times like this, yeah, laughing is a very much welcome distraction.
It also turns out that Ben already has a penchant for comedy. Even at a young age, he already knows how to lighten the mood by perceiving things around him with hilarity. “Ben is the comedian in our family, so I knew he meant it to be funny,” his mom said.
Considering the image of his journal entry has already been shared more than 300,000 times on Facebook, we can all reasonably assume that it’s going good for little Ben.