These past few weeks have been challenging for everyone, but let’s take a minute to commend all the parents who have had to take on the role of teacher too! Needless to say, there has been chaos in some houses, but plenty of humour too.
Take a look at these tweets from parents who are finding their new normal and attempting to homeschool their (often uncooperative) kids! It’s fair to say that some are fairing better than others. Enjoy!
1. This mother is going to have quite a handful to deal with when this little one grows up:
Found the kid playing with her dog instead of Zooming with her teacher. She told me not to worry. She took a screenshot of herself “paying attention,” then cut her video & replaced it with the picture. “It’s a gallery view of 20 kids, mom. They can’t tell.” She is 10. #COVID19
— Angie Maxwell (@AngieMaxwell1) April 15, 2020
2. Pretty sure this mother didn’t sign up for this:
3. Differentiating weekdays from weekends is hard for everyone:
My 5yo stormed out of my office when i told him i had to do a meeting. He was very mad that i couldn't look at his crafts like i did yesterday. I tried to explain that it was Monday and I had to work, and he yelled "Monday isn't real" on the way out. I'm still just sitting here.
— Ethics Gradient (@grahamvsworld) March 30, 2020
4. School tours have never been so educational:
[Homeschool field trip to the laundry room]
Kids: Dad, what IS this place?
Me: I have absolutely no idea
— Son of Dad (@ThugRaccoons) March 31, 2020
5. Ah, the cruel honesty of children:
Homeschooling update day 7
6 year old said she was really missing her teacher
She said it TO MY FACE
— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) March 31, 2020
6. Some battles you’ll just never win:
Kid: *draws picture*
Kid: *writes story*
Kid: *makes movie on iPad*
Me: Love it!! Now next time, try holding the camera stead—
Kid: WHY DO YOU HATE EVERYTHING I DO??????
— Dad on my Feet (@dad_on_my_feet) April 30, 2020
7. Negotiation is apparently a skill learned early in life:
*11 helping 3 with puzzle*
Me: you get major points for being such a good big bro
11: cool, what does that get me?
Me: lots of praise
11: and more time on Xbox?
Me: no but you get to hear me say that I’m proud of you and that you’re awesome
11: ok but also fortnite skins?
— Snarky Mommy (@SnarkyMommy78) April 28, 2020
8. You can always try using it to your advantage:
— DCampbell (@DCampbell212) April 29, 2020
9. Sometimes you have to just give in:
— Cory Childs (@corychilds07) March 16, 2020
10. The student becomes the master:
[home schooling, day 1]
Me: I know this is hard.
Me: I know it’s frustrating.
Me: But we’ll get through it.
Me: Now explain this math to me just once more, I’m very close to understanding it.
— The Untastic Mr. Fitz (@UnFitz) March 16, 2020
Incidents and arguments aside, parents are absolutely killing the homeschooling game.
School closures don’t look like they’re going anywhere for the time being, but thankfully, summer is just around the corner and we’re sure that school will be well and truly out!