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Letters to Nowhere

Saturday, September 16, 2006


My son has spent this weekend doing menial, but very physical labor. He has scrubbed the kitchen floor on hands and knees, folded/hung/put away 4 loads of laundry, picked up tiny pieces of shredded paper that had fallen out of a box of glassware, washed windows and has not gotten to play any type of electronic entertainment.

Tomorrow's To Do List will include: Cleaning the bathroom, picking up yard trash, and washing the dishes.

Why? Because he's screwing off in school.

I got a call from the school Friday. His state required testing has been going on since Thursday. He was ignoring the test and after being scolded several times, sighed and started filling in random answers without reading any of the questions. He'd filled in the "bubbles" on parts of the test they hadn't even given yet. So... he ended up in the office.

I wanted to make sure he'd have a pretty accurate idea of what kind of work would be available for a highschool drop out and/or illiterate.


  • You are my hero Jen!

    That's the way to do it girl! I'll bet he'll think twice before he tries doing that again. Keep up the great work, you're an awesome Mom.


    By Blogger Anna, at 3:30 AM  

  • That's great!

    By Blogger Justice, at 10:18 AM  

  • Good for you! I wish more parents would do this when the school tells them their kid is fooling around.

    By Anonymous Laura, at 2:43 PM  

  • *applauds*

    I will so be using that approach if needs be... ;)

    great thinking


    By Blogger Rae, at 5:50 PM  

  • Brilliant, just brilliant. When I first read this a few weeks ago I was impressed. Little did I know that I would be implementing the same tactics today to dicipline my nephew. Thanks for the idea.

    By Blogger Latin Lover, at 1:40 PM  

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