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Saturday, April 27, 2013

X Is for What?

**For those of you joining me from the A to Z challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

I thought it was difficult trying to decide what to write about for W, but X was even harder. I did, however, discover that there are actually a TON of words that begin with X.

X is for Xanthippe

Do you know w hat this means? Yeah, I didn't either when I saw it. Xanthippe (pronounced zan-tip-ee) means "an ill-tempered woman."

When I meet new people and they find out that I homeschool, I usually hear "You must have more patience than I do." Oh, how I wish that were true!! Unfortunately, there are times when I am a Xanthippe. I lose my temper just like anyone else.

There are times when it is extremely frustrating to teach the same concept time after time without the small people grasping it. (Kind of like beating my head against a wall.)

One of the most frustrating times for me is when one of the small people ask me, "Are we having school today?" We have school Monday through Friday for most of the year, just like brick and mortar schools. I'm not sure why they ask, but it is definitely frustrating.

So, are you a Xanthippe? Do you know a Xanthippe?


  1. Oooh, a fun new vocabulary word!

    I try very hard not to be a xanthippe... but I'm sure I fail more often than I care to admit.


  2. Oh hey, there's a word for me after all. Thanks for the enlightenment. :)

    1. Jean,
      I'm sure this word doesn't describe you. :)


  3. Have never heard that word! But I just don't believe you are one :) Just because you lose your temper now and then doesn't mean you are ill-tempered!

    But I can understand the kids' question...I ask myself every Monday, do I have to go to work today? Ha ha :)

    1. Kianwi,
      Thankfully in just 3 short weeks, we'll be done. Then I can answer their "Do we have school today?" with "No, we don't. Take the day off." :)

  4. wow I know a lot of those, just didn't know that was what they were called. This is definitely one to remember :)


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