I seem to be falling behind on my school work this week. Chaos abounds here at the Morton Big Top and I can't correct 8th grade math problems with all of that going on. Sadly, our 3rd grader has had a real problem towing the line this week and that only adds to my madness. On Tuesday, she spent from 12:30 - 3pm in her room. Rather that freak out on her, I just sent her away.
When the prayer list in Sunday School came around, I put her on it. Daily, I listen for the Lord to tell me how to handle her. I've long since stopped any form of spanking, and have heard my instruction from Him on the yelling. Stop it. For a long time I was just a clanging bell.
So now, my approach is more stealthy. Since she refuses to do her 30min of reading when we normally do it - she now must do it first thing in the morning. She is NOT a morning person and does not like to do anything first thing, much less reading.
When she refuses to do her math work, even after every attempt to help her, I send her to be separated from everyone for the afternoon. She misses out on finishing her school work and her reward - time on the computer.
I love her so much. Her stubbornness, her craftiness, her creativeness, and even her sassiness just makes me love her all the more. She, like all children, thinks that she made this stuff up. Her main mission some days is to see what it will take to make me crack (up). My job is to keep my cool and remember to ask myself how I would want a public school teacher to treat her when she's doing these things.
Put in those terms, it's easier to decide how to act. I just hate it that some weeks (this one) I spend more time disciplining than instructing. Also, I'm so emotionally exhausted from her doings, that I don't have much left for my 7th graders science experiments. **guilt bomb**
We are almost done with Quarter 1 of the 2010 - 2011 school year! If my God is with me, who can stop me? No one. Not even Alahnnah.