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The boy has football practice tonight, if he finishes his homework. If not, then he gets to sit on the sidelines and watch his team practice without him. It’s been a real struggle to get him to take responsibility for his homework and his reading. We can’t do it for him and he thinks he can wait until the day before it’s due to read for an hour, complete 3 worksheets and take a spelling pretest. Oh, and the day before it’s due is football practice night.
No matter how much I encourage or threaten him to do his homework, nothing works. He throws a temper tantrum that shows how immature he really is and I’m tired of it. If he fails third grade, it’ll be his own fault. I’ve done everything I can to encourage him to do his homework, to make it easier for him to be able to do his homework, to make it beneficial for him to complete his homework earlier in the week. We’ve tried incentives. As soon as he finishes his homework, he can play video games and go outside. The earlier in the week he completes it, the more fun time he has. Instead, he lies on his bed, or on the couch, not doing anything and complaining that he’s bored. It's so frustrating.
My husband recently learned that a close friend of his from high school has been living one street over for the past 2.5 years. The funny thing is that he and his wife are moving out of the neighborhood at the end of this month. The guys are supposed to meet for lunch soon and maybe a friendship will be rekindled. Which would be nice, because you can never have too many friends, right?
I’ve been working on my scrapbooks. I managed to make 5 layouts yesterday. I’m hoping to get a few more done this week. I have so many stories I want to preserve and it’s getting harder to remember them all. Yes, I do jot down little notes when I pull my pictures, but it’s still hard to remember something from 6 months ago with only a little snippet as a reminder.
I’ve printed a couple photo books recently from Shutterfly. It’s always fun to get those in the mail and look through the layouts with the kids. They love to see their layouts in books. I also printed some Instagram pictures as a 2013 calendar poster for my wall. Sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to hang it up yet. (But you can see it at the top of this post.)
I also need to get my Halloween decorations put up. They were pulled out of the attic, but I’ve only managed to move them into the living room. I’m not quite sure how I want to arrange them this year. My wall art is a bit different from last year and I’m not sure what I’m doing with any of the decorations in my living room. Also, I kinda overlooked Halloween and have been too busy looking at Christmas decoration ideas since we’ll be hosting this year. It’s the first time I’ve ever hosted a holiday and I’m a little freaked out about it.
So, yeah, that’s a little of what’s going on around here this week. If anyone has any Halloween or Christmas decorating ideas, I’m all ears. Or, if you have some words of wisdom to share about how to get a stubborn 3rd grader to do his homework, I am more than interested in listening!