I am getting really fed up with my older two children (2nd and 5th grade) and their bad attitudes, complaining, whining, and just overall sense of entitlement when it comes to doing their school work. They whine, cry (yes even literal TEARS pouring down their cheeks) when I ask them to do the simplest thing. This morning (in addition to the typical "ugh!" or loud sighs I always get), when it was time for all of us to read aloud from a chapter book, the topic I introduced was the quote "Good fences make good neighbors." Then I asked if they agreed with that or not, and why. The 2nd grader said no he didn't because it didn't make any sense. Ok, I put his name down under the "no" column. The 1st grader then went on to give her response and the whole time, he's interrupting her with, "No! No! I want to change my answer!" I told him to be quiet so she could finish. She gave her answer. Then I asked the 5th grader and she said, "I don't know." I said, well just think about it, what would you say? There's no right or wrong answer. "I don't know!" she says, all flabbergasted. Really? Is it worth getting so bent out of shape? Then she buries her head and starts sobbing.
It's not just this day or this topic or this assignment. They do this with frequency! I'm so sick of it! If they don't want to do something they start off with whining, which I won't stand for and gets them put in their rooms for ten minutes. Then they turn it into actual crying, which is ridiculous.
I am considering instituting a mock public school day. Wake them up at 6:00 a.m., make them get right into their clothes, eat a fast breakfast, even drive them around in the cold for 20 minutes as if to school, then sit at their desk for seven hours with only a short break to go outside and to eat lunch. No snacks, no screens, no movies. It will be hell for me and I won't get a thing done, but I think these ungrateful children need to realize how FANTASTIC their lives are. Has anyone ever done this?