Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Study Fight.

My older daughter has a very difficult science teacher this year and when a test is coming up she literally has to know the chapter. We're talking the little blurbs under the pictures and all the charts on the side. This is the first time she's had to worry about every detail and it's difficult. Anyway, she studied for a while and then she asked me to quiz her. This is a normal occurrence and I'm happy to do it. I see it as part of my job as a mom. Well I start quizzing and she starts getting confused. She gets angry and says "but I know it." I try to stay patient and tell her that she needs flash cards. It's getting late so I make them and tell her she needs to study them and I'll quiz her in a little while. I have to dry the little one's hair. Well that sets her off she thought she was done studying and that it was now TV time. My older daughter loves TV. She looks forward to getting her homework done everyday so she can just chill out in front of the TV. She has so much homework she's lucky to get an hour of TV a day. However, last night I wasn't satisfied with the studying. She jumps off her bed and runs into the bathroom slamming the door leaving me staring after. I'm thinking you've got to be kidding me. Seriously, if she just sat down and looked at them for about 15 minutes she would be fine. Oh no we have to have drama 24/7. Okay she finally calms down and I'm telling her to just do it and that I'm only trying to help. I mean really do you think I wanted to write out 20 flashcards? I had a disaster in the kitchen waiting for me. Anyway she studied the flashcards and guess what? She knew the material so much better. I know it's shocking mom was right. she'll do great on her test now. It was just a matter of getting her to study. Don't get me wrong. I mean I get it no one wants to spend all day studying, but if you want good grades you have to put some effort in. She went off today feeling confident and having the flash cards mom made to review before her test. I'm telling you middle school is going to be the death of me.


Leanne said...

I hear you. My tween boy is the same. My teen? I don't hear from her now until after the test...which sometimes is a little too late. Sigh.

clairity said...

With my teens, I do the exam patrol just to make sure everyone's doing what they're supposed to be doing, tho' how anyone can study with mp3s plugged into both ears is beyond me *rolls eyes*.

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