Thursday, February 16, 2006

I Survived Teen Group 2006!

That is what I'm having embroidered onto a t-shirt for myself after having hosted the homeschool teen group at our house this past Monday. You see, I decided to host it here because I figured if Meg could do it (a fellow homeschooler that I adore and who is LEAVING ME in June!) then heck I could handle it too. What I was thinking is "Well only 4 or 5 kids show up when Meg has hosted and they all looked so calm that I think I could handle this". That was such a mistake!

Four or five ended up turning into around FIFTEEN kids in my house plus a total of five moms. I kid you not! I had twenty people in my house for three hours straight and the miracle of it all is we almost made it without anything breaking. Almost. I was very thankful for the other moms staying but not because it helped deter rowdiness. I was thankful because it gave me an extra chance to talk to other adults!! LOL

Thankfully it all turned out alright and the kids honestly did great. They sat around playing video games, using my oldest son as a dress up doll (a 14yo boy surrounded by girls putting things in his hair and telling him to wear pink. The first part was a teen boys dream come true... the hair and pink were just things he had to do to get the first part. ), played a few board games, ate pizza, and then ate cupcakes because it was one of the girl's 13th birthday. The shocking thing was we ordered nine pizzas and ended up with five of them left. That was a surprise!

The only casualty of the day was my son's bedroom door handle that was broken when the girls got a little too rowdy but ordering a new one was pretty easy and here it is Thursday and it's already replaced. Can't beat that! Hubby grumbled about it for a bit, pointed out that HE had thought this was all a bad idea, and then we got into the fact that he didn't even get me so much as a card for VDay. Yeah, order the handle and zip the lip if you want to live buddy! ;)

So even though we won't be doing that again (only because it's just way too many kids in a closed in setting. If I had a yard it would be different) I think it was a great success. It was definately a lesson for me in the difference in homeschooled kids and public schooled ones. Before, Big B's friends would out and out ignore me, never take a second glance at the bookcase, and it would have ticked them off to have adults standing around even if we were basically ignoring them. With this group the kids were saying what books they had read, what authors they liked too, talked to me several times, and could have cared less if we moms were there.

Why didn't anyone tell me about homeschooling sooner? Ahhh all the wasted years.I'm serious about getting the shirt. Meg, I'll get you one too for being so brave as to have them over several times. ;)