My eight-year-old has been ready for this school year to end since about September. He’s really smart and isn’t having trouble with the work, he just hates it. He hates sitting there all day, and he REALLY hates homework. Every day, homework is a battle. I’ve tried so many different things to try to motivate him. I’ve tried letting him play for awhile when he gets home to give him a break. I’ve tried having him sit down right away to get it over with. I’ve tried setting a timer and giving him an incentive to get it done quickly. I’ve tried sitting right next to him and hovering over him the whole time. He just does NOT like doing his homework.
Anyway, all that to say, that as it gets closer and closer to the end of the school year, it gets harder and harder to get him to get things done. I mentioned to his teacher last week that trying to get him to do homework at this point is “like pulling teeth.”
And then it occurred to me what a stupid phrase that is.
It’s not like pulling teeth. I WISH it were like pulling teeth. Pulling teeth is a cakewalk compared to getting a strong-willed child to to homework.
I’ve had teeth pulled before. It’s not that big of a deal. They drug you up and then get their little pliers and wiggle-wiggle-wiggle-yank. That’s it. All in all it’s a few minute process. It takes way longer for the drugs to kick in than it does to do the actual teeth pulling.
IF ONLY the homework thing were that simple! Do you know what I’d give to be able to drug my son and just pour the information into him?
So, I’m officially taking the phrase “pulling teeth” out of my regular rotation of cliches.