There are at least a few people who read here but not on my discussion boards. So, you, magic answer, please!
I think that most curriculum-based homeschoolers (and many NON-curriculum-based homeschoolers...and traditional schoolers...and, oh hell, almost everybody) find themselves in this situation at some point.
You ask a question and your child looks at you like you've just spouted an extra head and are demanding verbal homage to ancient Martian dieties. In Martian.
Backwards. While standing on a flagpole and playing the mandolin.
It is a question she should know the answer for. It may be something really, really easy that you've JUST talked about. Or something she's answered many times before. Or something that interests her and she talks about incessantly. Or "what's at the end of your leg and has five toes on it?" asked of your 7-year-old daughter.
Which yes, is mine.
And yes, I'm having this happen. A lot. A frustrating LOT. We used to be able to just stop what we were doing and have a snack and come back to it when I could catch her unawares - and likely to just answer me, damnit...because she knows the answer - and it would be fine. Happened once a week or so, we're all good. But lately it is nearly every day and can happen as little as 10 minutes into talking about something. "The witch's name was Morwen and she had nine cats." "Morwen is a cool name mama." "What was the witch's name?" *blank stare*
I know that the majority of what we do is interesting to her, I don't have to cajole her into doing "schoolwork."
How do I stop this? Or, well, minimize it? It is driving me BATTY!! She knows the answer!! Just SAY THE DAMN ANSWER!!!
If this is a phase let me know so that I can stop stressing out about this.
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