In May, as the school year was closing and Summer Break was on the horizon, I was racking my brain for a way to occupy Nathans time during my work day. Summer Break is every working mother's conundrum, though I realize I have a major advantage working from home full time.
I could easily let Nathan watch hours of tv & play endless video games but I could not do that with a clear conscious. So in an effort to find a productive way to occupy Nathans time, I started constructing a Summer School curriculum. Before school was out, Nathan had a holiday which gave us a chance at a trial run of this genius plan of mine. I have just two words for that day. Epic Fail. I spent all my time managing Nathan instead of working and he finished his assignments within a couple of hours. Not exactly how I envisioned it in my mind but that's what trial runs are for - to work out the kinks.
One Sunday, as I took care of one-year olds at church and served alongside a particular 12 year old girl, another plan formed. I was always impressed with Isabel. She was actually very helpful with the babies, needed little direction and carried herself beyond her years. Other folks at church often made the same observation, we all thought she was a few years older than her age. From my point of view, she was mature, smart and most importantly responsible. Lightbulb moment; I needed HER to oversee the 'At Home Summer School Project'! I asked if she would be interested in a job over the summer tutoring Nathan. From her point of view, she could go to a babysitters with her brother or she could work and earn some money over the summer. She took the job. We ironed out details around schedule, weekly pay, benefits, etc. hahaha!
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"Responsibility plays a big role in any job, big or small. I had some responsibilities such as being a good role model and teacher. I also had the responsibility of keeping Nathan entertained which, in my opinion, was pretty easy...some days. My summer job tutoring was, in one word, fantastic and if I had the chance to do it again I definitely would."
We are back to school this week...here we come 2nd grade!