This is an area to discuss the things I've done to support my relationships with my two children, things I've discovered about different forms of school in the United States and New Zealand, and any other random things we've done together.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I've had lots of frustrations surrounding school work and my son over the past several years. It was getting to the point that if we didn't leave the country to try a different way of schooling that I was actually debating leaving work to home school my kids. I understand the importance of socialization, but I was beyond frustrated with how heavily homework and testing were being stressed in the schools around us. And my son, especially, did not respond well to this stress.
He was lying constantly about having homework and not doing it. And the teacher's websites (which were supposed to be updated constantly) never were updated so that I could help him keep on track. To top it off, he hated school. Not in the way that he would get nervous then be fine once he got there. Actually loathed going--and had logical arguments as to why. It was increasingly difficult to find holes in his logic and I started agreeing with him. Thus, our search for something different.
Fast forward to his new school: rather than daily homework, the teacher's assign a project around one theme for the children to work on each term and they can present what they learned to the class in a format of their choosing at the end of the term. He chose to do the history of video games and decided he wants to present it by creating a You Tube video. And I've found him randomly researching and prepping in his spare time to prepare for it. No prompting. No nagging. He just chose to do it. That. Is. Huge.
Another win: he came home last week and told me he had entered a speech competition. In order to practice speaking well for his video. Because he wants to do a good job. There are no words for how happy I am that he is doing so much better and enjoying school. None. But I did shed a few happy tears over it.