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Monday, September 12, 2011

"Do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart"

Colossians 3:21

This is a verse that I have to learn over and over and over again. I have a short fuse and children do dumb things. I sometimes take it to the extreme and won't let it go and frustrate the heck out of my kids. It is a terrible sin. One that I go to them for forgiveness often.

It has been a long stressful week for us. That is not an excuse, but just the facts. I may have snapped at my kids a little more than normal. After losing it with my Capps the other night, I took him back to my room, asked for forgiveness and we hugged for awhile. He looked up at me and said, "Now I know you are so overwhelmed, I'll try to be better!" It broke my heart.

That takes me to Tavis. I'm afraid he is going to be a politician someday because when it comes to answering, "Did you do your homework?", he can skirt around that answer like you wouldn't believe.

He has struggled to bring home appropriate materials for homework. And this is the year that he needs to learn. Jason worked this weekend, but I knew I was not in a state of mind to deal with yet another set of homework that wasn't going to be done.

Jason came home and handled it perfectly (he is so good in those situations). I asked him to help me not exasperate Tavis and he told me we need to help him and not just tell, "bring home your stuff!" So this is what we came up with - tapped in his Agenda (which is their schoolwork calendar): Thankfully, it is fairly standard in 4th grade. Vocab test Tuesday. Math homework Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. DOG (geography) and ADD (math) due every Thursday. DLR (grammar), spelling and bible verse on Friday. So.....

If he looks at his agenda and brings it home every night, this just might work!


  1. aaaw....if only someone had done that for me when I was in elementary! I was a Tavis.

  2. What a great idea. I may have to steal it for next year when Cody starts getting more homework.


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