Comments: I'm a Believer

If you need a break from tutoring... no charge, I'll come help. I know what it's like to tutor your own children. It sucks. Oh, I will be doing it to for the oldest and his dysgraphia but it sucks. Just let me know and I'll make the drive out there.

Posted by vwbug at June 6, 2010 06:39 AM

VW- It'll be OK. The public school gave us this site we can use, and I'm hoping it helps. And Bones said to me, "We just have to do this in the morning or afternoon when you aren't so tired. You get too frustrated at night." So starting tomorrow, we'll be setting down a time of day, when we work through it.

Curtis- I think he'll go into sales or communications. He has an amazing ability with people... except teachers. They seem to hate him as of late. But regular people really really like him. I'd like for him to keep singing though, theater as well, as I think they'll be good outlets on the side.

Posted by Bou at June 6, 2010 08:43 AM

Bou - My brother-in-law is a born salesman, and he has done very well by himself. He has gone from selling paint, to agricultural equipment, to rifle scopes and other optical equipment (corporate sales), moving up the ladder with each new job. The people skills are valuable!

Posted by PeggyU at June 6, 2010 11:21 AM

bPeggy- They are. I've told people for years that he could very well be my most successful child. But none of this matters if we can't get through high school. The next seven years promise to be torturous.

Posted by bou at June 6, 2010 12:22 PM

Bou -my heart aches for you and Bones. How horrible for teachers to make those kinds of feelings apparent to Bones, let alone you. I'll be praying for you and your family for the coming school year.

Posted by Kris, in New England at June 6, 2010 12:30 PM

No one gets it until they have to do it. I cringe when I hear some young women and all the "plans" they have and how perfect everything will be. Some of them honestly scare me - they are total control freaks. No way will their child ever live up to what they have planned. I see looming disaster. Heh.

You have hit the hardest years of parenting. This age group. Keep plugging, keep dragging Bones along. Do your best. That's all you can do. As an observation from an outsider who doesn't have to do all the work, your boys are doing great. They may have difficulties, they may not have the type of focus you would like them to have, they may not know what they want to do... but they are great people. You have got that particular battle under control and that is the one that will carry them the farthest in this world.

Posted by Teresa at June 6, 2010 03:05 PM

If your son really wants to be any type of Engineer you need to visit Engineering Society websites. I know that the Society of Manufacturing Engineers offers a summer school for kids that teaches "engineering" in fun ways. To bad you don't live in Michigan, Michigan (the state) is all about engineering (you know, Henry Ford and all that). The Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village actually has a technical school (middle and high) that actually teaches students from a technical (math, engineering, etc) standpoint.

Check out the Engineering societies websites, they all have information for kids on their sites (I only know about Society of Manf Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers, but there are sites for all types of engineers).

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 6, 2010 08:03 PM

QW beat me to it. Some time before Bones graduates come visit the Henry Ford (and Greenfield Village). Amazing stuff including the chair Lincoln was sitting in at Ford's Theater and the limo JFK was in at Dallas. ... And the bus Rosa Parks rode (but she wasn't shot).

So Bones has a hard time with arithmetic. How about feeding him some algebra. Get him to do fractions with letters. It might be more visual for him. It does make it easier to see GCDs.

Posted by The Thomas at June 6, 2010 09:58 PM

Urge him on the navy. We can use them. I was four times a Chief Engineer. Best job in the world. My very best engineering teacher was a Music Major at Colorado.

Making stuff work.

Creating and designing stuff? well, somebody has to do it but why bother if you can make the stuff work?

Posted by Curtis at June 6, 2010 10:18 PM

QW- That's an excellent idea! I'm going to have to look into that. We have Scripps down here too... there has to be some stuff he can look into.

Thomas- I was just telling my Dad and Mom, I think the problem with Bones has been approach. I don't blame that on the teachers at all. They have 30 kids they have to teach and Bones is an outlier. I have to figure out what HE sees. Its going to be an interesting summer.

Curtis- We are currently talking about that to Mr. T, mainly Seabee. My grandfather was one, an electrician in WWII. For T, we've been talking NROTC possibly going to GT. If he can go Seabee, maybe the Navy will put him through for his Masters as well. It's all just possibilities, but if we go NROTC, we need to start planning that now as he needs a sport to go along with his Eagle Scout and great grades.

Posted by Bou at June 6, 2010 10:37 PM

Another suggestion might be autobiographies. People don't think they are interesting but I love them.

Lee Iacocoa has a great biograhpy, his first book is the best.

Henry Ford
Jack Welch (GE's CEO, or could be former CEO)

Or other great engineering minds biographies.

And even "The Machine that ran the world" It's how Toyota learned from Henry Ford (do you all know that Toyota's manufacturing system is actually Henry Ford's idea but Toyota ran with it).

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 7, 2010 08:10 AM