Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Elder Son Frustration

As previously mentioned, Trevor is working for us over the summer since he chose to not get a paying job. Yes, he still has the paper route & does occasional garden work for people, but he could have actually earned some real money over the summer...

In any case, before I leave for work in the morning with Connor, I give Trevor a list of chores. Yesterday, he was supposed to pull weeds in the driveway area & the slope next to it. When I drove in yesterday, I could see he had just gotten started (he should have been 4 hours into it).

*sigh*

We haven't sent in any money to OIT yet... We could still yank him from that and have him learn welding at the community college.

Lee's all for letting him sink or swim at OIT. I'm thinking that's a dang expensive experiment if it doesn't work out.

I'm gonna need to see more effort on Trevor's part here pretty dang soon. Just because his sister is home now, doesn't mean he can let himself get so distracted he can't get anything done. Yesterday she was playing the game cube, so he "couldn't help but watch" and he had to "come and see what was going on" in the house.

Life is full of distractions. You have to learn to get your work done before you let yourself play!

That kid is going to feel some pain before he gets that through his head, isn't he? "Wer nicht hoeren kann, muss fuehlen" <-- Whoever can't listen, must feel (pain).

Let's see how he does today...

grumble, gnash teeth, grumble (stay out of my way today...)

9 comments:

keeka said...

So I am guessing I am in for a lot of that. When the kids are supposed to get ready for bed, and they don't the excuse is always, "but Cole was showing me something," or "but Kaleigh is telling me something," sigh...
I guess it is natural for them to be distracted but really, GET OVER IT! Learn to get past the distraction and do what you are supposed to do!!! Gnashing teeth etc....

- Rob said...

We're still waiting for that responsibility (i.e., business before pleasure) thing to kick in with Andrew too. I think this is a universal parenting issue.

Tina said...

Yeah - The ADHD & Asperger's makes it tough too. I doubt we'll have these worries with Diana. She needs some prodding here & there for getting things done, but overall - left on her own, she's fine.

We have no idea where Connor will wind up, so I'm not even thinking that far ahead with him!

Tina said...

He's done a lot better so far today...

:)

keeka said...

good to hear it! I haven't had the kids today, they stayed with Grandma today : )

Rocky said...

I gotta go with Lee on this one. Besides, do you REALLY want him playing with a welding torch?

LOL

Lee said...

We dont have any problems with getting Trevor to bed, Never have (consistancy early on).

It must be nice to be able to hand the kids off for the day like that.

We do not have that option.

keeka said...

yeah, Lee, I know...I feel very blessed to have that option! We have so many of Carl's family close by that it makes things much easier. Of course, most of Carl's family knows that my kids are easy to babysit, unlike some of their other younger cousins...on Carl's side of course!

Joe said...

Yeah, my kids are great at starting jobs, but rarely seem to complete them -- that is, if they take more than about 5 minutes.

They're 9 and 7, so I'm not too worried yet. But a little.