You’re Not Alone! Kristen Bell Said She is ‘Absolutely Miserable’ at Homeschooling Her Kids
Same, Kristen. SAME.
For the millions of parents that are attempting to homeschool their children during quarantine, we get it. This is not easy. Sometimes there are tantrums and sometimes there are tears—and that’s just from you. Imagine how your kids are feeling!
When speaking candidly during an episode of her web series Momsplained, mom-of-two Kristen Bell shared how becoming her children’s teacher has been rocky.
"Of course, we've all come to know the two worst words in the human language: home schooling," she said. "Doing school work with them, it is absolutely miserable. When we started this quarantine, the first math worksheet I gave my daughter, in all the answer lines she wrote, ‘No. No. No. No. No.'"
Bell, who shares daughters Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5, with husband Dax Shepard, is feeling the same way many parents feel right now. We are not cut out for this job and we love and miss our children’s teachers.
In spite of these difficult times, Bell is trying to help her girls continue their schoolwork, even if she is the subject of their writing. Bell shared a picture on Instagram of Lincoln’s reasons why her mom’s teaching leaves a lot to be desired.
“Trying to get my 1st grader to write her first opinion essay, and was quite impressed with the topic she chose as she presented her grid with opinion and evidence,” Bell captioned the graphic organizer. “Touché my young lass. Touché. (The bottom says, ‘Stern Voice’).”
In an essay entitled "How My Mom Reacts to Me," Lincoln wrote about how her mom not only reacts poorly and with no patience, but also said that Bell doesn’t believe in her. Yikes! Hopefully there isn’t a Rate Your Teacher survey at the end of quarantine.
Despite this, Bell said that she has learned a very important lesson while homeschooling during chaos—sometimes you have to pivot your plans.
During an episode of her husband’s podcast, Bell said she started quarantine with a color-coded schedule that she was sure would help her family rock at homeschooling.
"I wrote out the color-coded schedule—when our academic time would be and when our art time would be. By day five, I was making everybody miserable," she said. "So about a week ago, I woke them up and I said, 'This is your most important mission ever. Get up.' I brought them in the kitchen, and I had them rip up the schedule... I had them shred it and they felt so good."
Sometimes our plans work and sometimes they don’t. During this time, we need to give ourselves a break. We are all just doing the best we can and if things don’t work today, we can try again tomorrow.