We Will Learn & Curb the Whine this Summer
Anything other than ABC’s and 123’s you plan on going over this summer? I got a few things in mind. As a parent you are constantly teaching your children something. Besides how to read you want them to learn how to share, have compassion and at some point to suck it up and stop whining. Since the summer our three have cozied right on up to laziness. Like they worked a full time job or trained for the Olympics for the last nine months. At the mere mention of picking up abounded socks and clothes on their bedroom floor they whine or move too slow for me. Like I told them they have to plant a garden in the backyard of everyone in the neighborhood by evening if they want dinner. I should have seen it coming when all three started a chorus of whining after about all of thirty minutes of working on math problems. (God help me!) The one deal with doing school work during the summer is that there is no time limit, i.e. one or two hours a day. I tell the kiddos that once they are done, they can go back to doing whatever they were doing – which is usually absolutely nothing. They start out thinking, let me knock this out real quick so I can go back to doing - absolutely nothing. But rarely does it turn out like that. At some point in time they start with ‘But I don’t get it.’ Which only leads to, ‘I need help. They want me to jump in and save them. And I won’t! Especially if they just completed fifteen math problems just like the one they swear they can’t answer. I do my best hand sitting when they are learning. The more they whine, the more I hand sit. The more I tell them they can take a break in their room which will no doubt push their time to get back to doing nothing. It’s a perfect way for me to hopefully practice with them discipline. But most importantly to promote sucking it up and hopefully at the same time I can curb all that doggone whining!