Let me just start right off by saying I am not a fan of the science fair. And this year it is the bane of my existence. Here’s the thing: I don’t enjoy participating in this type of thing. I never did as a student (I don’t ever remember a science fair at any school I attended, but I’m sure there had to have been one. This just demonstrates my level of interest in this crap), and I certainly don’t dig it now, as a parent.
So last year when they expressed an interest when the announcement was made at school, I just hung back and followed their lead. I neither encouraged nor discouraged. They decided it was too much work and not enough fun and didn’t participate. Yay! But then, the day of the science fair they were bummed out. And of course, blamed me. In order to avoid that sort of meltdown and the guilt I felt for not wanting to do the work myself, I encouraged them to do a project this year. And encouraged Big Daddy to handle everything.
Well, they were all gung ho to pick a topic and get some books at the library, but when it came to the actual work, not so much. Now, possibly this is where I am a bad parent, or I should have handled this differently. But you see, we are not those parents that want to do a lot of the work for our kid’s school projects. Yes, a family project is an option and I see nothing wrong with that at all. We do not take this stance because we believe it is better for the kids to do all the work. No, we take this stance because we don’t want to do jack shit. We’ll drive you to the library, help you to look up your research online, explain how to write a report in your own words (as opposed to cutting and pasting off the internet) and we’ll tell you how rockin your project is. But that’s all.
Also? One kid has softball practice twice a week and a game once a week. There is homework and Daisy meetings. Soccer and a 3rd sister to contend with for time/attention. So when the girls said they didn’t want to do a project this year, we sat them down, made sure this was their final decision and that there wouldn’t be any meltdowns. Then we breathed a sigh of relief.
Fast forward a week, they’ve been sucked into doing a project with a friend. With one week until the deadline. A week of board meetings for me, softball practice and games and soccer. It’s been a bit of a source of stress, to say the least. But today is the day projects are due, so I guess the worst is behind me.
Except I just know they are going to get to school, see those kick-ass projects that the parents worked on and bitch at me for not doing that.
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