Thursday, July 21, 2011

Looking for Carrots

No, not from the garden. Our garden has just about done it's time. It's just too dry around here. We had a good run. It was a pretty good garden this year.

I'm talking about another kind of carrot. The kind that you tie on a string and hold on a stick in front of a donkey to get him to walk. Except my kids aren't donkeys and they wouldn't walk 2 inches to get to a raw carrot. (Little Bit loves cooked carrots but that would be hard to tie on a string, huh?)

I'm trying to make a schedule for the school year is what I'm telling you. And this post had some good wisdom. Basically, each time a break comes up in the school day, you need a "carrot" to get them back to the table.

Well, I don't NEED anything to get them back. I am very capable of telling them to come and they will come and I will nip all complaining in the bud. But I think it's wise to pre-plan to avoid those scenarios, don't you?

I had never really thought about it before. Anything with the promise of drawing or coloring will get them back. Just something that they will look forward to doing.

I think it's safe to say math is not a carrot. Not for my kids anyway.

So I'm going back to the drawing board. Also, I realized I scheduled breaks for each girl but NONE FOR ME! This will not work. Mom needs a few minutes to walk away during the day, you know?

I think I'm going to start over.


  1. We have been working on what time to get up in the morning. Mon's sure do need a break.
    Tracy's Corner


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