Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday last day of July

This is the last card for July but it won't be the last card, I really do enjoy making these I'll work out my storage of these later.
The worst part of having the boys at school must be the homework they do. Tonight everything was going well with Brent's homework while James' hit the fan. James was not concentrating or even trying to read his book that he was supposed to. I told him to rethink his attitude while I put the potatoes in the oven to bake & then we would try again. The second time was worse than the first so I said he could go to his room & have a rest, which made him throw a tantrum & slam his door.
Meanwhile Brent seemed to be doing his homework nicely. Then when it was done I asked if I could look at it, well it was not done at all. His current affairs was all of 3 words long which explained nothing about what the newspaper article was about. I told him that he needed to write more & then the melt down happened. He started rolling on the floor crying his heads off telling me that he hates homework. I then showed him the pertinent facts of the newspaper article & how he could go through & underline them if he found that easier. That didn't impress him & there was yet more tantrum throwing. In the end I got him to dictate to me what should be written down. I then wrote it down on a scrap peice of paper so all he had to do was write it in his book. I sent him off to do that & he then proceeded to cry, rant & rave for a good half hour over this homework, which basically all he had to do was copy into his book.
I don't know I am at my wits end with this. He gets upset that he gets told at school that he isn't putting in the effort, I try to help him & he still gets upset. Sometimes I just want to throw my hands in the air & say "to heck with you, do it yourself & don't come bitching to me when you get told your effort isn't good enough."
Tonight I am thoroughly exhausted with trying to handle this situation calmly & rationally. I am about to watch 3 hours of tv & blob out because I am mentally exhausted.
Roll on August & I hope it will be a good month.


loonyhiker said...

Maybe you could make a game out of homework. You could make a chart and if they do their homework correctly without throwing a tantrum, they get to put a star on the chart. If they get 4 stars out of the week, they can get to pick out a treat from a box, or 30 min. later bed time etc. I don't know if it would work, but it is just a suggestion.

so A"MUSE"D said...

Oh Katrina the trials of boys and homework... here we have a place called Sylvan learning center and they swear they can teach kids homework skills... maybe that would save your sanity. {{hug}}

Karen said...

I do love the ATCs you're posting at the top of your posts Katrina. They make a great theme.

Hope this homeworks performance phase passes soon before you're both worn to a shred.

bahama97 said...

Goodness...what an ordeal! I hope that I don't have to go through that when the time comes, but I'm not holding my breath. Jenna is already short tempered, so I will probably have my hands full too. Hope you are feeling better & the tv time helped :)

Roo said...

Oh no Kat. Yep homework is a trial in our house too so can totally sympathise. Hope it gets better for you though. Hugs

Hannah said...

Oh Katrina, that sounds sooooo tiring!! I'm sorry you are having to deal with this. My kids are younger so I don't have any advice, sorry. I guess I should be grateful that Ethan likes doing his homework. Tyler I imagine will not enjoy it so much - but I've got a couple more years before he starts school.
Hopefully the other ideas people have suggested will work.

Jenn said...

sorry to hear about your homework problems. Ryan had the same trouble and unfortunatley nothing seemed to help but time. As he got older he realized he was fighting a losing battle and had to do it anyway so he finally stopped fighting me. Hopefully things will get easier for you soon (hugs)