Just want to get this off my chest.
S3 needs help with homework, and I feel powerless to help. He asked me a couple earth science questions this week and I wasn’t able to answer them and I felt bad. I felt bad not just because I didn’t know the answer outright, but also because I didn’t have much energy left to look it up and work it out with him. After helping S2 with a calculus question and looking over D1’s summer program application and reading a short story to my 3-year old, I was spent. What’s more, I don’t have a plan to systematically help him or any of my kids.
It seems once they reach high school, my kids just can’t set aside any “free time”. On weekdays, they would be lucky to squeeze in a pick-up basketball game or a quick ice cream run with friends, and sleep before midnight. When I’m ready to help, they don’t have time for me. I’m completely reactive, and very ineffective.