So any of you who have been around a while know the struggles I have faced with my oldest. Last week we sent him off to camp and a new light started to glimmer in my soul. Then the light was puffed out on Tuesday night when they called us to come get him, he was sick (all of my kids had been sick, I kind of figured he would not make it through the week). We went to pick him up and Wednesday, hubby and I laid down the new rules of our house. Things went well sort of for Wednesday but by Thursday life was a nightmare again. Looking back, Wednesday he probably was still fairly sick and that would explain him following the rules quite well. I went back to screaming mom, and was the other kids started to act up again as well. Friday we got confirmation that he could go back to camp this week (it's a week long boyscout camp) to earn the badges he was already working on there. Sunday as we were getting ready to go, hubby said "I think you should just send him back to PS next year. I can already see you lightening up knowing you won't have to fight with him for a week. You were so much happier when he was gone those few days." Sadly, he was right. And, well, Garrett asked a while back to go back to PS NEXT year (as in 8th grade) and ever since then I have thought maybe I should just send him back now and regain my sanity. I'm not a quitter, and I hate to admit defeat, so I kept trying so hard to struggle along with this kid. But I have decided to raise the white flags, lay down my guns and request a peace treaty. I spent yesterday running around from store to store to find all the supplies that is on the list of things needed for 7th grade in the PS here. Garrett's best friend is estatic that Garrett will be in school with him (his mom is who gave me the shopping list, which was CRAZY by the way), and Garrett I think will be happy too (he doesn't know yet, though he did hear hubby and I talking about getting the supply list from our friend). I am at peace with this. I wasn't ready to say that I couldn't do it before when he went back, I should never have been so stubborn. My only concern is the fact that they use TERC math.. and it's a nightmare! I have thought about keeping him going with TT outside of school, but I have decided I need to not even bother, he will be fine and that is that. Today Rylee, Reagan and I started Sonlight core A. It was nice to sit down and read with them and not have to be constantly getting up to tell Garrett what he should be doing. Cameron even flopped on my bead while we read, though it was kind of hard to read about the dinosaurs over Cameron's dinosaur roars.. it was still enjoyable. I have missed school being enjoyable!!!