The Many Faces of Anxiety in Our House


A new semester rolled around at our house: the start of the new school year and our co-op.  You’re probably thinking “what!? School already?”  Yup, for whatever strange reason, our school district started on the first week of August.  Since co-op loosely follows the school calendar, off we went.

The anxieties roared up into massive flames threatening to derail our day.  Week, even, because the Engineer and I both battled it for a while before the actual day.


The Social Thing

my kids, when I explain the Code of Conduct contract to them


I cringed the moment the words came out of my mouth: “we’re not going to co-op to learn.”  Oops.  Mom fail.

Still, it’s technically true.  We go to co-op for all sorts of reasons, but a standard education isn’t the top one.



Things I Don’t Recommend

If you have a kid like mine who thrives on schedules, routine, and familiar surroundings, then here’s a few critical things to know.


Don’t move.

Don’t uproot from one state to another, sell the only house he’s ever known, and leave all his friends behind.

Absolutely don’t stay in an apartment with drug dealers down the hall.

Don’t buy a house that doesn’t have the amazing hide out and play area he fell in love with.

Definitely don’t leave all your stuff in storage for 4 months.   And counting.