You are in the middle of teaching a difficult concept to your child and think you are starting to see understanding dawn in his little face. All of a sudden, the phone rings! “Arrrgh! Not now!”
It can be difficult to fight the urge to jump up and answer that phone right away. The ring seems so urgent. But is it? Really? I mean, chances are it’s just a solicitor anyway.
I have one friend whose answering machine says, “If you are calling between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm we are homeschooling. Please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we are able.” What a great idea!! Some homeschoolers actually unplug their phone during school. My problem is that I would forget to plug it back in! “Strange how the phone hasn’t rung for days!!….ooooh! Ooops!”
I have started trying to discipline myself to not turn on my laptop before we are done with school. I tend to get caught up in Facebook and IMing with my dear friend, distracting her from teaching her child.