Leanna - posted on 04/28/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
My boys just turned 13. They both are lazy and cut corners when it's time to do their chores, but the major issue is they completly stopped being responsible! They've gotten into the habit of not doing their homework. They have a hard time staying focused on both homework and chores. I find myself constantly getting on them to either start or finsh the two. They just space out or 'forget' all together. Both my husband and I are sick of yelling at them, (it seems like that's all we do) or being their cheerleader. Every afternoon and evening are spent by us saying 'Come on, you're almost done, hurry up and finish, son come finish, do that right, two more problems..." until I end up scolding them. Every evening they goe to bed upset and I go to bed angry. There's got to be a better way! We've grounded them for everytime we have to make them go back and do it right, but they stayed in their room for two weeks straight. My parents would've kicked our butts into gear, but they're a little old to be spanked. I tried sending them to bed a half an hour earlier for everytime we have to remind them to get back to what they were doing, but by the time they finished their dinner and homework, it ended up being even later then their regular bedtime. They also need to be reminded to brush thier teeth, take a shower, clean up after themselves, etc. Shouldn't they be more responsible by now? Is this laziness normal? I don't baby them and am very strict with them, but I'm beginning to feel like a drill sargent! I would appreciate advice from anyone!