I'm sitting here on our first snowy morning of the school year. Yup, you read that right - snow. Although I'm not really ready to give up flip flops and short sleeves, I know this is the price we pay to live in the mountains and enjoy all the benefits of a ski town.
So, I'm choosing to embrace it. I have a hot cup of coffee sitting next to my computer and the fireplace is roaring to keep me toasty.
My problem this morning is that I'm also sitting here staring at Sauce's binder that contains his homework that he so diligently worked on yesterday afternoon, and every day for that matter. He rarely gives me much trouble when requested to complete his homework before having more fun. He is careful with his answers, has neat handwriting, and generally takes pride in a job well done.
My first instinct was to hop in the car and bring it to him at school. But, after some internal-parental-decision-making-wrestling, I decided that the only way he won't depend on Mommy to make sure his homework gets to school one way or another is to NOT bring it to him.
Ouch. You see, this is the first time I've had to do this with my #2.
Our #1 has been giving us a run for our money for years with things like this. Last month, when fifth grade grades started streaming in, The Hunter was trying to explain away three zeros on homework assignments and a D+ on a quiz.
My man and I had to make it undeniable that the buck stopped right then and there. The Hunter is passionate about karate training and he had a quarterly testing event to advance to the next belt color coming up. It was harder for us than it was for him to miss that testing and remain at his current belt level.
The boy was heartbroken, angry, and embarrassed in front of his karate friends. It was really hard for us to endure and he tried every way he could think of to change our minds.
Lo and behold, two weeks later we are seeing nothing but A's and an occasional B streaming in. Admittedly, it has taken much more effort on my part as well. I'm having to pester him to remember to bring home his homework, review each assignment with a fine tooth comb, make him redo incorrect work, and remind him to actually TURN IN his completed homework.
But, I'm seeing more proactive behavior from him. He's learning how to succeed and little by little he is developing independence in this area. It has NOT been easy. But it HAS been worth it.
So, after reflecting on that victory, I'm expecting Sauce to come home from school upset about forgetting his binder. I might even get a call from him asking me to bring it in. But I'm holding out hope that this tiny lesson will reap great profits of personal responsibility for him in the future.