Monday, October 10, 2011
His school sends out grades at the end of each week so parents can keep up with what's going on in their kids' school lives and I've been pretty happy with his reports... On his mid-term progress report he had A's with one B in Language Arts. It was puzzling since Language Arts really is his best subject, but I didn't worry about it much.
Until I started getting his weekly updates. He would have an A in that class too but for one thing. He hasn't handed in his reading log since the beginning of school. This one thing has now dragged his grade down to a D. D!
I am baffled. He reads all. the. time. He loves reading. But for some reason he won't take a minute every day to note the book, the author, the page numbers or give a five sentence summary of what he read that day. So far this year, this is the ONLY homework he's had! And it does need to be done daily - but it's something he's doing anyway. WHY?????
Last year, he struggled with overwhelming homework every night - but he did it. He got it all done and handed in. Do we need to put him back in that school so he'll actually do homework again? I really don't get his thinking on this.
I created a form for him to fill out everyday. This morning his dad and I made him sit down and fill it out for the weekend so he'd have something to hand in today. But this has to end. As of today, there will be NO computer time until he has done this. EVERY DAY. It's the only way to make sure this gets done.
Please note, all you readers who are scratching their heads over this - I understand that my son is smart and making good grades. There are people who would love their kids to make good grades and exhibit some smarts, even if they didn't do all their homework. But this particular behavior is pure laziness. He's actually doing the hard bit - the reading - so why not get credit for all the reading he's doing? And why let something so simple have such a stupid effect on your grades?
I can see that mothering a teen is going to be quite challenging. Perhaps I have expectations that are too high - or maybe I don't. I just hope we survive this teen-thing!