I homeschool my oldest son. Math is not our greatest subject. I struggled with it, and he struggles with it, but we get it done. I had tutor’s he’s had tutor’s. Every avenue seems to hit a road block. But, somehow, someway we struggle through a unit. I have told him several times that no matter what he HAS to learn math. It is not an option. Like not paying bills is not an option for an adult.
Well, we finished round 131 with math, and my team won. He got through another unit. I know that he IS getting better because it is when we encounter new things that we sit on them. Procrastinate. Hover over it like an egg. In essence, he should JUST DO IT.
My words to him are if you would come to us at the beginning of the unit instead of trying to falsify and make it look like you understand it, then we can help you from the beginning. I think that most life lessons like work, money saving, goals, cleaning, car maintenance etc. should adhere to the philosophy of JUST DO IT.
Many times we make things harder than they actually are, and string them out longer. Yes, the math lesson did take an hour to do it, but before we sat down to do one on one help we wanted to see how much he really knew.
Answer: not much. Kids. So he messed around, fidgeted, and made up a million excuses, the point is he started at 8:15 pm. I made him sit down and finish it at 10:15. 2 hours were wasted. Anyway, again many daily tasks don’t take as long as we make them take.
Here is a challenge: what have you been putting off for weeks? JUST DO IT.
What would you have done in this situation?