Parents always have the best interests of their children in mind, and we want to be able to raise our children to be fully functional and successful adults, but that does not mean we are the ones who are most qualified to actually teach them.
In this time of change where we are now responsible for teaching our children basic things like math and spelling, some parents are thriving more than others, and these parents coming up are not in the top tier.
Art Class Should Always Be Supervised
If there are any sort of art supplies present, don't leave the room. If you choose to walk away, that's on you, and you're going to be stuck cleaning green paint off your leather couch.
Just Call It All Home Ec
The advantage of homeschooling is you can alter the curriculum to fit what you need. Life experiences are just as important as plain old book learning, so you can get creative.
That Wasn't In The Curriculum
Leaving your child to do a little independent studying could work, depending on how your old your kid is, but no matter what, we hope you never have to return to a room to see this.
A Cry For Help
Day 17 of homeschooling... Okay, fine, it was like day four. By this day, you're willing to send them back to school and take your chances with them thoroughly washing their hands.
She's No Bob Ross
Okay, so based on the paint splatter she left on the couch, you can probably scratch "professional artist" off the list of potential careers, but maybe she'll do well at cleaning it up?
What Is This Substitute Teaching Them?
You thought you were leaving the classroom in good hands, but you're sorely mistaken. You would've been better off just leaving your husband in charge of the math lesson for the day.
We Don't Blame Mom For Getting Confused
Week two of homeschooling is going great for all parties involved. The kids? Thriving. Parents? Living their best lives. No one has any idea what the lesson plan for the day is, but that's beside the point.
Silence Is Golden
If you're trying to work from home while also entertaining your children, you can do what this dad did and simply call it "drama class." They're just playing a part.
There's Nothing Left To Dry Your Tears With
One man's friend bought 18 rolls of toilet paper to add to her stockpile before quarantine, and then her kids decided to put all of those rolls in the bathtub as a science experiment. So now she's looking to buy toilet paper and new children.
When You Say You Need Space
When quarantined for an extended period of time with your family, it's important to make sure that you're taking breaks away from each other. Apparently, the children disagree with this.
Show Your Work
Every good teacher has examples to go along with their lessons in order to help their students better understand what's going on. This example is about as clear as it gets.
He Never Saw It Coming
Your dog might be thrilled about the fact that there are people home for them to play with and get attention from all day long, but your cat probably feels just like this guy.
Oh, How The Tables Have Turned
It's going to be months after all this is over before your kids ever even consider asking to stay home from school or complain to you about the fact that they have to go to school every day, so that's a silver lining.
Recess Isn't The Same At Home
While kids at school look forward to recess and don't usually want to have to go back to class, when you're homeschooling, recesses where you stare at a wall by yourself don't have the same thrill to it.
Women In STEM
It was only the first week of quarantine and already they were saying they were bored and tired of being homeschooled. This dad had to think on his feet and come up with something to keep them entertained. Why not give them a laptop and desk to break apart and rebuild?
Modified Gym Class
Your gym is closed down, and they're not able to participate in P.E., so you decided to combine the two and use your daughters as barbells instead. It would be perfect if your weights weren't laughing and moving around so much.
Learning About The Economy
As a parent of only one child, homeschooling means you are solely responsible for entertaining your child. There are no other children, you are their friend and their teacher, so you have to think outside the box, which is exactly what this mom did.
These Aren't Kids, They're Cats
You bought $100 worth of Lego thinking you could use them to inspire a love of architecture in your children while you're in charge of homeschooling them, but instead, all they want is to play with the cardboard box it came in.
Learning About Personal Space
They were supposed to be learning about the importance of social distance and personal space, but that lesson is not going very well. They're definitely going to need to review it.
You've Lost The Battle
On a normal day, you're able to convince your child that he has to put on normal clothing to go to school, but when you're at home, all bets are off. Pick a different battle and just let him wear the costume.
Time For A Study Break
You weren't prepared to be homeschooling your children, and realistically, you don't want to teach them math any more than they want to learn it, so the second someone suggested a roller skating party, you caved.
One Day Won't Kill Them
Don't fall into the trap of thinking you need to teach your kids a new language or raise the next Albert Einstein during this time. If there's a day where all they learn is what the names of the Paw Patrol characters are, that's fine.
You've got your coffee so that you're able to get up and function as a normal human being, Lysol wipes to make sure every inch of your house has been disinfected, and alcohol for when your kids inevitably stop listening while you're trying to teach them.
Don't Get Used To This
You're trying to keep up your normal routines while your kids are home from school, but you also have more time on your hands, and everyone is home all the time, so things are different. But they won't be forever.
Maintaining Some Sort Of Routine
The notes you got from the school said it was important for parents to try to maintain a normal school routine while everyone is stuck in quarantine, but they didn't mention this part in the pamphlet.
There's Only One Right Answer
School is canceled, there are no sports to watch on TV, and you aren't allowed to go anywhere, so what're you going to do to keep your three children entertained? Build a fort, obviously.
Why Is Everyone In The Family Being Punished?
Two days into a six-week break from school, this kid managed to break the TV... Spending the remaining 40 days at home without access to a TV seems like a good enough punishment, right?
Beauty School Dropout
You left the room for a few minutes to make a snack or prep dinner, but when you returned, you discovered your son had enrolled himself in beauty school and gave himself a less-than-flattering haircut. Luckily, there's no one else to see it!
Update: We're Not Getting Through It
I was under the impression that math was one of those things that didn't change and was a universal law and boy was I wrong. The math they teach kids now is nothing like when we went to school.
You Have A Newfound Respect
Spending this much time with children and trying to actually be productive has made you realize just how grateful you are to your son's teacher, and how much your daughter talks during class.
Meet The Newest TA
It's all hands on deck when the kids are suddenly home for an undetermined amount of time. There's no more slacking. Every family member needs to be involved and take control of their education.
The Natural Evolution
The first week of quarantine started out with such high hopes. And by first week we mean first days. Look, if you're kids are still alive and the house isn't burned down, you're doing okay.
Hey, You Tried And That What Matters
I don't see this as any failure of parenting. If anything, you've leveled up in parenting because you're being more efficient. You're not wasting time or precious laundry basket space by wasting clothes during the day.
I'm Pawsitive Something Is Off About This Teacher
With all the kids out of school, us parents have become the impromptu teachers. If you have to hand the duties off to someone else for a little while, what's the worst that can happen?
A Valid Warning
This is the warning we all need to hear, even if we don't want to accept it. The last thing we need when the lockdown lifts is to open up a 3-month old tuna sandwich.
Graphs Don't Lie
You gotta do what you gotta do. For this person, their wine tolerance has clearly increased but maybe your bubble baths or snack-eating has increased. We're all in this together.
Pray For This Little Girl
Do not mess with the lockdown snacks because that will be your final move. Hopefully the husband ran out to the store (with proper protective gear and hand sanitizer) immediately after this to buy more.
Now Is The Time To Learn
Thanks to Stranger Things the '80s have been making a comeback. That includes everything from crazy clothes to Dungeons and Dragons. Why not make the best of it and teach your kids your own nerdy hobby?
What are they going to want next? A bath? Give us a break we're barely able to get ourselves things like food and water right now. Coloring might be a good de-stresser though.
Don't Hate The Chicken Surprise
I've been seeing a lot of recipes online right now that are called something "surprise." All that means is you take the vegetables that are one day away from going bad, and throwing them into a stir-fry. Surprise!