So...when do they become mature & responsible?

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So...when do they become mature & responsible?
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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 12:04pm

I'll wait until you stop laughing.

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Okay!

I think Christmas break comes at the perfect time. The time when I'm soooooooooo tired of nagging every morning "Did you do everything on your list???" (Meaning: put your snack in your backpack; get your gloves, hat, snow boots, snow suit; do your morning chore; put your homework in your back pack....)

Earlier this week, DD (7) told me "Mom, you have to come to school on Friday!"

Me: Okay, why?
DD: I don't know...but you have to come see something.
Me: Is it a play?
DD: No, I don't think so.
Me: Are you singing?
DD: No....
Me: Okay, well is it during school?
DD: I don't know.
Me: Is it in the evening, like a play?
DD: I don't know.
Me: Okay, so I have to come to school, but you don't know when, or where, or what it's for?
DD: Yep

:smileyvery-happy:

One more week. One more week. One more week.

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treddlesewingmachine wrote:


My oldest son can get distracted while putting on his pants. I will see him sitting with a leg or two in the pants, not pulled up, reading a book!

Oh boy does that sound familiar!

A few days ago we were eating dinner and DS was in the living room. I asked him what he was doing in the living room, so he came back to the table and said "I don't know mom. I don't even know how I got there." :smileyvery-happy:

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I hear you there with the chores! It is nice they aren't watching TV anymore in the morning (all the PBS shows they are getting tired of and we don't have cable or dish.) BUT, they still are not getting the animals fed or anything like they should. Maybe I need to go back to like the old days....take care of the animals, then you can eat. (That was important for dairy farmers, those cows expected milking the same time each day. Not so important for our ducks and geese.)

My oldest son can get distracted while putting on his pants. I will see him sitting with a leg or two in the pants, not pulled up, reading a book!
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treddlesewingmachine wrote:
On the other hand, she has gotten really good about completing all the work on her school list without getting distracted too much by books or being reminded by me. That happened last year, so we are seeing progress!


That's the issue with out "chore" list right now. They get distracted and forget they were doing something.

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We have a list on the fridge of morning and bedtime routines. It has everything they need to do - get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, check the calendar (so they know if they have dance, show & tell, or need to wear tennis shoes that day for gym) etc. I put my foot down a few months ago and said that everything needed to be done before the TV could go on in the morning. It worked for awhile, but now they just play together and still don't get everything done.

So frustrating!

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Oh, this is nice. I thought it was just because we homeschool! My kids do two classes each in co-op type of thing. My daughter is doing a competition and just has not been forthcoming in the information department! (Granted, part of it is the teacher - he is new to this and not really one the ball either.)

But yes, um, "Did you brush your hair today?" (2:00 in the afternoon.) "No, should I have?" Sigh. What does she do in the morning before she starts her chores and we start school? On the other hand, she has gotten really good about completing all the work on her school list without getting distracted too much by books or being reminded by me. That happened last year, so we are seeing progress!
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I could so have written this post!

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