The morning went fantastic. Everyone cooperated and worked efficiently on their schoolwork. I took my youngest out for a break to play some baseball in the front yard. We had a great time. However, that was about to change. We resumed our school work and then with the assignment of one task, my youngest turned mean and ugly and started name calling. He refused to do the assignment. I asked him if he had any ideas for an alternate assignment and he was not open to that.
Instead of letting this go, I dug in. Why aren’t you cooperating with me? Why do you constantly have to argue and be mean? To which he replied, Why do I have to do that stupid work anyway?
Tempers were rising and he hit our dog in the face. I grabbed him and took him to his room. I tried to be reasonable; I asked him why he was so mean, and why he wouldn’t cooperate. At this point this was no longer about an assignment to me. It was about his constant arguing and refusal to cooperate among other things. I said, “ If you went to public school, they’d fail you for refusing to do your work.” and then these words came out of my mouth…
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