Thursday, March 31, 2011

Button, Button..

I am composing this post on my phone while sitting at the kitchen table playing the part of "Homework Nazi" with my eight year old. She is working on finishing up her homework packet....the last homework packet of, oh about 8, that are sitting in on her desk. 8 weeks of her not doing her homework or handing the packets in. This is why she got a 2 out of possible 4 on "Handing homework in in a timely manner" on her last 2nd grade report card. I wonder what her teacher must think. These last couple of months I've had a lot going on and my parenting has been, I'm sorry to say, on the absentee side. As we sit here at the table there has been whining and tears....no not from me.... from Jillian. She is trying to push my buttons and I am doing my darndest to keep my cool. So far she has lost a trip to the store because of her lolly-gagginess (What? I reserve the right to make up words as I sit here with a grumpy 8 year old). She has wailed about the unfairness of it all and I have handled things admirably if I do say so myself. My buttons are out of order tonight. Hopefully they'll stay that way. Because honestly? Those buttons aren't of much use to anyone around here.

15 comments:

Funky Kim said...

Who's got the button?

Kristina P. said...

Maybe I can give you the Anger Button worksheet I give to the kids at work. It seems to work well. They will punch people when people aren't looking, rather than at school.

the fowlers said...

shanna, i hope things start slowing down (at least a little) so that you can be able to be the mom you want to be. good thing you have great kids, right? (even though they do know all your buttons . . .)

Jillene said...

I really hate when the buttons get pushed. My 5 year old has been pushing mine this week. She has been on Spring Break from preschool and is driving me bonkers. I will be soooo thankful when Monday rolls around.

Barbaloot said...

How big are said homework packets? Please tell me and 8 year old isn't getting huge assignments! I mean---I get a weekly homework packet, and I'm sure eight definitely adds up! I just hope they're not weighing down little kids with homework. They're too young!

Amander said...

Oooh, blogging on your phone to reduce anger seems like a great idea. I use my phone to ignore people all the time :).

M-Cat said...

Homework Nazi was my worst calling ever!! Hate having to do that

Cheeseboy said...

I am a first grade teacher and I kinda think "homework packets" are kinda useless. Don't tell her teacher I said that though.

Speaking of April Fools, I did an April Fools prank on some of the 6th graders in my school. Video now on my blog.

Teachinfourth said...

When the button gets pushed, something has to be done...

wendy said...

Sometime it is just HARD to try and keep up with things.
You are MORE then just a pretty button aren't ya.
you're a "get er done now" button.

I'd like to push the OFF button on our snow up here. It has been pounding us with new snow all day...I swear there is over a foot of new snow out there.

Tammy said...

I have been there, done that. It's no fun!

Lara said...

Oooh. I so get it. And I also get the part of staying on top of homework (or not) as a parent. Sometimes, I just can't. Good luck keeping your buttons out of the picture!

sisterwendy said...

It sure is a hard place to be put- between your kids and a parent. I totally understand (trust me :). I am just so proud of you for hanging in there and caring about your daughters school work. Hard as it is now, she'll be grateful for this lesson learned at such a young age. xoxoxo

Omgirl said...

Oh man can I relate! Only mine is a freaking KINDERGARTENER who says to me, "Mom, I hate school. it's so much WORK!" Work. Coloring and sitting in the story circle are so much work. Oh, and occasionally writing letters. Boy am I in trouble when my 5 year old becomes your 8 year old. You'll have to be my "how not to get your buttons pushed" guru!

Mary said...

This is something I don't look forward to. I think girls are better at hitting the emotional buttons than boys. Not sure how I'll handle homework once the boys hit that age. Especially if they decide to put them in separate classrooms!