What chores does your husband do around the house for you?
My husband is and I make a perfect household duo: he’s good at picking up clutter, which overwhelms me, and I like to clean the de-cluttered areas. He may just be throwing everything in the trash—I don’t know, nor do I really want to know.
He handles all the yard stuff and assigns some to the kids, too. He’s a great DIY-er and has saved us tons of money over the years by figuring out how to do things that we’d otherwise have to pay someone else to do. He changes oil, replaces brake pads, installs ceiling fans, builds outdoor play sets, you name it.
Basically, anything I need help with, he’s there for me.
Why did you decide to homeschool in the first place?
We sent our oldest to public school for kindergarten and first grade. I had friends who planned to homeschool, but their kids were younger than mine. I imagined spending my whole life in the library, trying to figure out what to do.
I wasn’t happy with our son’s first grade teacher and we had friends whose son was in the same school, one year older, and they weren’t happy with his teacher, either. How many years do you throw away at that age?
He had so much energy and was like an animal who’d just been released from his cage once he got home from school. When spring break came, it was nice having him all day and he wasn’t some kind of unleashed Tasmanian Devil in the afternoons.
I wanted my child back. Period. I was tired of feeling like he was a guest on nights and weekends.
Where did you meet your husband?
I was good friends with his brother for two years before I met my husband. I’m a year older than he is and we attended rival high schools. I met him in May of my senior year, when I was already accepted to an Ivy League college and ready to take on the world. It only took that first summer to know I couldn’t do without him.
Which kid in your family has the most similar personality to you?
Wow, this is the toughest one.
My oldest son is a peacemaker, which is also my natural inclination.
Intellectually, I’d say my second son, the 19 year old who just started college. He’s a reader and a problem solver.
My oldest three sons are all jocks, and I was at that age, too.
My oldest daughter and I are very different, however she’s got my independent nature (I would say we got it from my mom, but I think we got it from a whole lot of the family.) 🙂
It’s harder to tell with the younger kids, since I remember less about myself at that age. Maybe the youngest?
I’m having fun with the questions. I hope you are, too!