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Old 09-29-2010, 04:15 AM
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Back to school syndrome?

Does your child's behavior turn as soon as school starts? How do you tame the wanting of the new "cool" school stuff, homework procrastination and anything else related to back to school?
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:36 AM
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The kids got 2 new outfits for school the rest of their clothes & shoes are replaced as needed. They know the money isn't there for extras though that doesn't really stop them asking for more. I think it helps that most of their friends parents are in the same boat money wise.

For dd2 when we get home from school she has 30 min for a snack and watch tv before having to start in on her homework. She generally has 1-3 one sided papers to do plus writing 12 spelling words 3 times each and working on math flash cards. If she doesn't piddle around she is finished in 30 min. or less.

For dd1 since she is in marching band and doesn't get home until 5:30 what homework doesn't get done at school is done after dinner so she gets from 5:30 until dinner is ready to watch tv.

The thing we are struggling with is not getting lip when they have to do their chores, same chores they have been doing for two years! LOL.

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Old 09-29-2010, 09:45 AM
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We struggle with back talk after school, too, especially with my 12 yr. old. Chores are another problem. Seems they think that the chores that they've done throughout the summer just disappear during the school year.

We handle homework the same way that Roberta does. I've tried allowing both kids to leave it until after dinner but then there's trouble getting them back into the rhythm of settling down to do it. So to overcome those problems, they come home, grab a snack and wind down for a few minutes. We usually talk about her/his day and I look over any papers that need to be signed...etc. He/She changes clothes and then does any homework. I've been making my daughter do her reading right after her homework but my son usually does his later at night before bed. One thing that I like is that my daughter gets home first - about an hour before her brother- so most of the time she has finished all of her homework by the time he gets home. She is able to go play and he can concentrate on his homework alone - if he ever brings any home. He usually finishes it at school and only has reading to do.

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Old 10-02-2010, 06:34 AM
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oh, it sounds so familiar...somehow J gets so hyperactive and loud when coming back from school, not to mention backtalk and being grumpy when it is homework time. sometimes it takes hours, sometimes less than 15 minutes. depends on a day.
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