Alyssa and Ryan missed a lot of school in February. I lost track of how many days, but I know that Alyssa missed four straight days in a row, and Ryan missed at least three. And then there were a few days here and there when they relapsed with pneumonia (Ryan), or spiked a sudden high fever and had to be picked up (Alyssa), so yeah… honestly, I think they each missed about half of the month of February.
It hasn’t been a good month for us. Illness (kids, myself, and now Dan), emergency abdominal surgery (myself), and then yesterday we had to euthanize one of our cats, Alcide.
When we haven’t been busy being sick and dealing with emergency surgeries, we’ve been doing homework. Lots of homework. Alyssa and Ryan have been working on their stacks of homework and missed classwork from their absences, and I swear, it’s never-ending. Also? One “disadvantage” of having gifted children (both Alyssa and Ryan tested really high and are now in gifted programs at school) is having to remember math and English from your own school days! Seriously… it’s been quite a while since I had to add fractions and reduce them. Fortunately, I remember how. Unfortunately, I suck at explaining how to do it and the reasons behind doing it. I just know if the answer is right or not. Lame, I know. :/
Please tell me I’m not the only parent who feels a little dumb when they struggle to help their child with their homework.