As promised – here is the postmortem from last week’s battle royal over the resumption of schooling.
There’s nothing like a good solid motivator to get kids to buckle down and get to work.
I must confess myself amazed at my children, though. They got lists; they finished the lists. There was a certain amount of grumbling and complaining, but since my cure for the grumbles is to assign chores – (“Obviously, you need something to do while you work through that… here’s the mop, go scrub the kitchen floor…”) – those died out pretty quick.
There was also a fair amount of complaining at one point from Rosebud about how far ahead Natter was, and how much he was flaunting it. I suggested that she work like crazy to get ahead of him, not mention it, and let him “discover” that she was done. Specifically, when she was done, to go read a library book in a prominent place, and when he tried to get her into trouble for procrastination, to look up and proclaim innocently, “Oh – but I’m done.” This was received with much mischievousness, and she promptly put the plan into action.
His response, two days later, was a rather devil-may-care, “Oh, well – good for you,” but he was just a tad too jealous to carry it off.
The Moose declared that he did NOT want to go to the circus. As it ended up, he stayed home with Junior and I, and played on the computer for a couple hours. He loved it. Well, he earned it.
The circus was attended with much joy and hilarity on the parts of all attendees, and today – Monday – school was attended with a minimum of groaning. At the point at which things threatened to bog back down into the morass of irritability, I informed them that we would be heading to the park for an hour, and that all unfinished homework would be done while everyone else played… and most of them knuckled back down. Natter, however, missed the deadline and ended up doing math at a picnic table… which, I believe, will pay off royally next time, as they now realize that I’m serious.
I’m not sure how long this industriousness will last, but I intend to ride the horse for all it’s worth.
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