September 24, 2008

Teenagers drive me nuts

So, both of my boys have struggled ever since they got into middle school. I shouldn't say they've "struggled," because that implies that they are actually attempting to do their work and just having a hard time.

I cannot tell you how many times that they have been grounded, lost ALL privileges, had to listen to mom nag endlessly, etc. etc. They'll get caught up for a week, and then revert to old habits. Here's the thing: neither one of them are stupid. They're both bright, and have personality to spare.

I just don't understand why you would DO the work and then not turn it in. Or turn it in eventually (after you've listened to one of mom's endless lectures) only to get half credit, which, by the way, still gives you an F. My favorite is the grade slips. Most teachers in their schools send home grade slips to let parents know how their child is doing, and they give a a very generous number of points to the student if they turn it back in, enough to actually raise them at least half a grade. No matter how miserably my boys' are doing, they ALWAYS show me their grade slips, I dutifully sign them, and then THEY NEVER TURN THEM IN, thus dropping their grade even further.

Why? Why? Why? (Insert sound of me repeatedly thunking my head against the wall).

Anyway, there's no lesson or valuable moral in today's post. I just needed somewhere to vent where people might actually listen and care.


Lo said...

Somehow, they'll survive even this. And so will you. I'm so damned anal I'd probably drive it to school and stuff it in their lockers, which doesn't help. At least you're letting them live with their own lack of responsibility.

Becky said...

Kids, gotta love em. I am so glad that my kids are not the only one's.

While I am here, I just wanted to give you a head's up on a great book scheduled to come out October 6th. I think it is a book that you will enjoy.
"Letter's Between Us," by Linda Overman. Check it out and then let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. You have a great gift for writing, and I find myself laughing as you describe your daily life. You should compile this and send it to a publisher. You might be surprised!