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12/8/14 11:52 P

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Uh huh! I think we all have that problem! Some ideas:

1. Work for frozen vegetables. Set the timer and give the kid the number of peas (or corn or beans or berries or whatever) as the number of problems/pages/words/sentences done. No moving out of the chair.

2. Put some cheerful classical music on very low in the background. Buzz around working on your own work and look to see how much progress they've made after a set amount of time. Plan something fun for after 40 minutes of solid work is done. (Cooking together or making a craft together or some outside playtime for 15 minutes before the next 40 minute block.) In our swimming season, we always have "swimming if work gets done" days mixed in with the other days.

3. Schedule schoolwork right before meal-time. No work done, no lunch. Work done, lunch!

4. Tell the kids they have 40 minutes blocks of time to work in. If they get a lesson done, they're on schedule. If they get more done, they're ahead and might have a bigger summer break. If they're behind, they won't be "done" with school until the book is done. . . even if that means they lose their summer break. (This really helped my kids start working hard!)

5. Put some small incentive on the table. . . raisins or pennies or nuts or buttons. Tell the kid she can keep all the small things if she does all the lesson in the set amount of time without whining or complaining. Every time you hear a complaint, you will take an item off the pile.

6. Keep stickers on hand for pages done neatly, efficiently and cheerfully. If cheerfulness is great, consider adding two stickers to the page instead of just one.

There's another thread around here somewhere where we were discussing this same thing a couple months back. I'll dig around and see if I can locate it for you. Other mothers have great ideas! We've all been in this boat, I think.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23

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I'm having so much trouble motivating my daughters to get her school work done. I have one that I'm always trying to find, and our house isn't all that big. She usually sneaks off when I'm helping another child. The other one is a whiner. I'm exhausted.


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