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What Drives You Crazy?

what drives you crazy

What Drives You Crazy?


I thought I would take a break from our usual serious fare and share a brief YouTube video we made back in 2009.

The boys were back from college and we had our cousins over for a visit. We decided to have some fun and make a video of one of our family's funniest homeschool memories. It is a little drama (trauma?) we call "The Frantic Plumber Song." It shows me balancing cooking, cleaning, company, and a plumbing crisis with the help of my "ever-attentive" children. I hope you enjoy!

The Frantic Plumber Song


http://www.youtube.com/v/bzuFApAIr_M&amp

What Drives You Crazy May Be Your Child's Gift


Finding your child’s area of specialization is an important part of our job as homeschooling parents. Every child has their own unique gifts but some are easier to spot than others. Sometimes parents see their child’s faults more easily than their strengths. A gift is something your child does repeatedly ... to the point of driving you crazy!

The next time you feel annoyed with your child, ask yourself if you are looking at one of their gifts. Is it annoying and do they do it so often because this is how they are wired? This may be what they are meant to do!

I’m not saying all mothers get annoyed with their children, but I sure did! Look at what they do that annoys you and see if it is because they have different gifts then you do. Then ask yourself how you can encourage this gift. Help your child understand their gifts and calling.

What does your child do that drives you crazy? Please share!

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Please note: This post was originally published in April 2009 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Comments 9

Guest - Linda on Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:52

Thanks so much for sharing this in your e-mail. I'm all too familiar with the "just a minute, Mom", that accompanies activities in our household.... reading, computer, etc. I home school an only child, who is now in his teens, but sometimes our household has the same lovingly frantic feel! These are indeed the good times.

Thanks so much for sharing this in your e-mail. I'm all too familiar with the "just a minute, Mom", that accompanies activities in our household.... reading, computer, etc. I home school an only child, who is now in his teens, but sometimes our household has the same lovingly frantic feel! These are indeed the good times.
Guest - elaine on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 07:48

Same situation, different hobbies. My son plays electric guitar and World of Warfare(somewhat like chess with different characters) I have daughters, too, who will do the "just a second mom or hold on". I am new to home schooling and we are still learning the ins and outs.

Same situation, different hobbies. My son plays electric guitar and World of Warfare(somewhat like chess with different characters) I have daughters, too, who will do the "just a second mom or hold on". I am new to home schooling and we are still learning the ins and outs.
Guest - Enda on Saturday, 20 February 2010 05:06

This was great! I looked at some of the other vides - my very personal favorites are I Will Survive and The 14 Days of Homeschooling. Awesome! Inspirational!

Thanks so much! May God continue to bless you.

This was great! I looked at some of the other vides - my very personal favorites are I Will Survive and The 14 Days of Homeschooling. Awesome! Inspirational! Thanks so much! May God continue to bless you.
Guest - Carol (website) on Saturday, 13 June 2009 15:58

Lee,

My boys and I enjoyed this! They love making videos themselves and have put several on youtube. Fun! Did this really happen to you all at one point? My boys like chess as well.....but your home is far neater than mine has ever been since having children.

Carol

Lee, My boys and I enjoyed this! They love making videos themselves and have put several on youtube. Fun! Did this really happen to you all at one point? My boys like chess as well.....but your home is far neater than mine has ever been since having children. :) Carol
Guest - Lisa Smith on Thursday, 21 May 2009 20:28

I am serious! There is a difference though, which is my kids are about 4-5 years younger than yours; I hope my youngest plays that piece as well as Alex in a few years! He'll be taking his piano exams next year at about Level 3 or 4, his teacher said. Elliot, my oldest, is the inventor... always half in another world!
Bless you!
Lisa

I am serious! There is a difference though, which is my kids are about 4-5 years younger than yours; I hope my youngest plays that piece as well as Alex in a few years! He'll be taking his piano exams next year at about Level 3 or 4, his teacher said. Elliot, my oldest, is the inventor... always half in another world! Bless you! Lisa
Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 21 May 2009 18:53

Lisa,
Are you serious??? First of all, as much as I love my children and all.... I'm really sorry about the piano, the piano piece, and the chess, LOL! Isn't that amazingly similar, though? Wow! It's my older son Kevin playing chess, and my younger son (and personal economist) Alex is on the piano. That's so amazing!
Blessings,
Lee

Lisa, Are you serious??? First of all, as much as I love my children and all.... I'm really sorry about the piano, the piano piece, and the chess, LOL! Isn't that amazingly similar, though? Wow! It's my older son Kevin playing chess, and my younger son (and personal economist) Alex is on the piano. That's so amazing! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lisa Smith on Thursday, 21 May 2009 11:52

This video was extra hilarious for me because my oldest son plays chess (and reads and does computer stuff, etc etc) and keeps putting me off for "just a minute" EXACTLY like your son! And then, the blond boy with glasses walks in and starts playing the EXACT same piece that my blond boy with glasses plays! What a riot! Thanks for sharing!

This video was extra hilarious for me because my oldest son plays chess (and reads and does computer stuff, etc etc) and keeps putting me off for "just a minute" EXACTLY like your son! And then, the blond boy with glasses walks in and starts playing the EXACT same piece that my blond boy with glasses plays! What a riot! Thanks for sharing!
Guest - Lee (website) on Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:37

There was an article about chess in the Seattle paper today. Here is the link:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2009119896_chess25m.html
In the article I read this sentence, "For almost half an hour, there is hardly any sound but the clink of chess pieces". It made my hair curl and my palms sweat. The sound still drives me crazy, even when I see a description of the sound in print, LOL!!! Poor Kevin! He has taken to playing chess online now, so that's a big improvement for me :-)
Blessings,
Lee

There was an article about chess in the Seattle paper today. Here is the link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2009119896_chess25m.html In the article I read this sentence, "For almost half an hour, there is hardly any sound but the clink of chess pieces". It made my hair curl and my palms sweat. The sound still drives me crazy, even when I see a description of the sound in print, LOL!!! Poor Kevin! He has taken to playing chess online now, so that's a big improvement for me :-) Blessings, Lee
Guest - J W on Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:31

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