I know I’m supposed to be writing a birthday post about my brand new 12-year-old boy (yes, Vincenzo had a birthday), but I can’t! I’m too stressed out about all the homework he has to do since starting middle school! This poor, sweet boy of mine comes home from school each day at 3, sets himself up at the counter with his laptop and a stack of lined paper, and works right until dinner. As soon as dinner is over, he heads back to the counter to keep doing homework. Tonight even that wasn’t enough; he is staying up an hour past bedtime to get it all finished.
The weekends don’t get any easier—this weekend he had four math assignments to do, one book report to start, one science quiz review sheet to fill out, a monologue to memorize for play tryouts, and a friggin’ crossbow to build for social studies. As I was fretting about how he was going to get it all done, he looked on-line and said, “Oh, and I have to write a five-paragraph essay by Monday.”
Vincenzo, for his part, is handling it all very well, and though he does get close to tears sometimes he always reins himself back in and gets to work again. It just breaks my heart to see that overnight, he has had to give up playing. He used to spend his afternoons turning the basement into a gigantic pillow for with his brothers or creating some decked out ship out of a mess of Legos or nestled under a blanket, reading three books at a time.
I miss elementary school. I miss my little boy! If I ever go back to teaching, I am going to make it my thing to never assign homework unless absolutely unavoidable.
Anyway, sorry there are no LOLs today. I just hope things get easier for Vincenzo…for my sake!
WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Crock pot roast beef with potatoes & carrots
Leftover chocolate sprinkle birthday cake