It was Wednesday, mid-morning, when a friend called to shoot the breeze. During our conversation, I mentioned my thirteen-year-old daughter was still asleep.
“Oh, is she sick?”
“No, she’s recently become a real late bird. She was up reading most of the night.”
“Wow!” my friend marveled. “You’re very lenient. I have my kids up for school by six o’clock.”
It’s not as if I wasn’t used to such comments (though the note of condescension in her voice bugged me). My daughter’s late rising has brought about a great deal of eye rolling and gaping disbelief from those who cannot imagine life outside the pre-set hours of institutionalized education, even though they are aware our child is not a part of that institution.
Is it stubborn adherence to tradition that keeps people holding the early bird in such high regard, while the night owl is chastised for being lazy?
Read the rest of M.S. Beltran’s Homeschooled Teens Can Rest Easier from the March/April, 2004 issue of Home Education Magazine.