It is our new thing but it's a whole other post. Trust me, it's a whole other post.
So anyway, by the time I can get him settled down from school we have to work on homework. But it's hard. School takes a lot out of him and most days we do what he can and we leave it at that.
One part of his homework is doing research for each state, a weekly assignment called Spell Across America. It's the bane of our existence. He needs to gather information for a particular state and each week the state changes. He needs things like: the current population, the state bird, state nickname, who the current Governor is and all sorts of other boring and inconsequential material.
He can't stand it.
I can't stand it.
Each week has been horrible. For both of us.
For him, I've tried bribery, candy, extra Minecraft time, staying up a few minutes later and skipping showers.
For me, I've tried drinking a little, then a lot, meditation, deep breathing, cursing under my breath, counting to ten, then twenty, walking away and coming back.
Nothings worked. For either of us.
Trying to sit down at the computer and researching each state has been an exercise in futility. Every time I get an, "Uggghhh....this is soooo BORING. Why do I have to do this? If I really want to know this stuff, I'll just look it up when I need it. Uggggghhhhh......"
And I have to tell him, "You have to do some homework, you have to at least try. You don't have the plan. Your teachers and I have the plan. We expect you to learn about each state. Don't you want to know about Ohio, where I grew up?"
"Uggggh, Mom, I highly doubt Ohio is that much different than Kansas."
Damn it the kids right, Ohio and Kansas pretty much suck equally. "OK, fair enough. Lets just get this done."
|Look, a pile of pads!|
"Siri, what is the state population of Arkansas?"
"The state population of Arkansas is approximately 2,673,400."
"GAHAHAHA, snort, Oh My God this is awesome!" More laughing, snorting, rolling around on the floor.
"Siri, what is the state bird of Arkansas?"
"The state bird of Arkansas is the mockingbird."
"Aghahahgahaha!!! Oh My God, this is so awesome....SO AWESOME." Again, more laughing, snorting, rolling around on the floor.
"Siri, what is the state nickname of Arkansas?"
"The state nickname of Arkansas is The Natural State."
"OMG, OMG, OMG, this is awesome! SO AWESOME!" More laughing, snorting and rolling around.
Siri was doing his homework. He was getting Siri to look up his homework and he was writing down the answers as fast as he could. For the first time since September he was doing his homework and laughing.
He was laughing.
It was unmitigated joy.
No way in hell I was getting in the middle of that.
Note: I've talked to his teacher and we've worked out an arrangement so that he can use Siri, in moderation. The key for us is that he does what he can, within his capabilities. His teachers this year really get him and for that I am grateful.