12 Sep

Crazy Train

I want to apologize for being absent from the blog! I feel like I am on a crazy train since school started for both Chucky and me. Between his homework (see below) and mine, making dinner, cleaning up the house, laundry, ironing and everything else in-between I am ready for a vacation already with a lot of stiff drinks!

Chucky hasn’t been in school for very long and we are already fighting over homework. Chucky’s school recently got rid of their lockers and so they have to carry everything in their backpacks. Well let me elaborate a little bit so you don’t think that they are packing a whole locker around in their backpacks!

They are required to have a three ring binder with tabs, folders and loose leaf paper for each subject. They don’t have books, well they do but they are left in their classes. So each class they go to, they just need to have their binder. I organized his binder so eloquently (if I do say so myself). I showed him how to use the tab pockets for stuff to hand in and stuff to bring home for me; as well as putting all returned papers in the folder.

When he arrives home, he has papers jammed at the bottom of his backpack and stuff anywhere and everywhere inside of the binder. I said, “Your already going to that class why not just do it this way”? His famous answer for everything, “I don’t know”. So I show him again and again and he is constantly telling me, “I know, I promise I will do it tomorrow.” Well tomorrow comes and it doesn’t happen.

Now onto the best part! Chucky has to change into gym clothes for gym each day which he is allowed to keep in a small locker so he doesn’t have to pack them to and from school and in his backpack. Guess what Chucky does? He packs his clothes everyday inside his backpack and to top it all off he has yet to change for gym!!!! So I asked him, “Why haven’t you changed into your gym clothes?” And his response is, “I don’t know,” or “I forgot.” How can you forget to change into your gym clothes when everyone disappears for five minutes and comes back in gym clothes??!!!

I have since resorted to just letting him try to figure it out on his own. He is going to be 13 years old and I can no longer hand hold him through school and may have me a first class ticket for a ride straight into a white room with padded walls on the crazy train!

So I hope you all will forgive me for being absent while I am on this crazy train? The next time you see me I may be missing patches of hair or a child!?

Have any of you been through this with your kids? Are they still alive and how did you get through it?

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    • Bre Dale
    • September 12th, 2012

    The future of motherhood is calling me, I’m expecting! So, no I haven’t been through it yet…

      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      Congratulations! That is very exciting! I guess now you can replay this post in your head when/if it happens with your child! Oh the joys of motherood(;

    • Lisa
    • September 12th, 2012

    My daughter is 11 and has the same attitude about things. They still have lockers and don’t change for gym but the amount of stuff she just crams in her backpack is crazy! She starts middle school next year and I can only imagine…..

      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      Are you going to or have you just left it up to her or are you still “hand holding” like me? I am nervous as to just let him do it and learn or to “hand hold” so it gets done! Parenting, who said it was easy?

  1. My son was just like that. Nothing was pristine. He had bent corners, they were balled up, or they were just plain shoved into a spot he couldn’t find later. He was a disaster all through high school. lol

    Soooooo good luck with that! :)
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      LOL is it just a boy thing? Now I am wishing I had a little girl that is overly organized! Haha

  2. My little man is two so I can’t WAIT for those days. I get so excited seeing school supplies and that. My husband and I were both neat freaks and I can tell my son is too. Hoping I don’t have the “Paper” issue. :)
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      Two is such a fun age(; I am a bit of a neat freak/organizer and thought he was too, then he grew up! I hope your lil one continues the tradition of being neat!

  3. I have not been through this yet. However I will say that I probably had the same attitude as he does when I was younger. I am expecting this of my son but hopefully some talking to with him through his teens will help him realize the things HE is going to need to do on his own. I’m just enjoying being able to hold his hand now. Good luck!
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      Thanks! I cherish the moments he grabs my hand(; I dont know why he doesn’t get it?

  4. ahhhhh!!! Middle school is rough! I remember being carefree and trying to make it in the “big” school! You’ll both get through it, just breathe!
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      LOL Gina, I may hold my breathe one of these days!!

    • Julie O’Brien
    • September 12th, 2012

    Two is a fun age but nothing in our house is organized but the file folder. I cannot keep up some days in between the two kids under three and the two dogs lol, but I love it.

      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      Wow you’ve got your hands full! It’s hard to keep up with everything all the time but we do the best we can(;

  5. My son is only 9 and is already doing crazy stuff like this…and you should see his desk! How he finds anything is beyond me! Already his planner and folders are bent up, torn up, missing pages….arrrgh! I’ll be right there with you in the padded room!
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 12th, 2012

      So glad to know that I won’t be alone bouncing off the walls! I hope that they will realize we aren’t just harping on them for fun.

  6. I hear you on the back-to-school front! My son only started Kindergarten and its been a little cuckoo bananas around here LOL! Not having lockers should be criminal, it’s bad for their poor backs :( Hope it all settles into a bit more of a routine soon!
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 13th, 2012

      Oh kindergarten is so fun but I get the cuckoo bananas feeling and it never goes away:(
      Yeah they said the reason they don’t have books is so they don’t hurt their backs BUT the binder is humongous with all the tabs, folders and papers they have to carry-I guess they (we) can’t win for losing)!
      Thanks Ghada I do too and I hope your cuckoo bananas feeling gets a bit smoother(;

  7. Oh..hope it gets better! I can’t relate as my little one isn’t in school yet.
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 13th, 2012

      Hali, we can’t wait, okay usually they can’t wait to ride the bus when they see it for the first time; then when the time comes we’re desperate to get em off to school and they are desperate for another 5 minutes of sleep! And then the whole saga begins but us moms are the ones stressed out because they “forgot”!
      I hope yours is über organized & loves school when the time comes (mine loves school, just not all the organization it takes to be a good student-Ha!)

  8. are you kidding me?! everyone in this house has the same response “I don’t know”, starting with the husb. , so I guess they got it from him lol. drives me crazy!
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 13th, 2012

      I am so glad to hear I am not alone and yet I fear we are all going to be in the padded room rocking back and forth saying, “I don’t know”?!
      Maybe (although I am not married) we could have a “retrain” your husband seminar-where we make them listen to sayings over and over like, “I can do it,” “I did it,” “I want to go,” “I put it ____(insert answer here)” so we as well as our kids will never hear “I don’t know” again? When do we start? LOL

    • LOL @ retrain classes!!!!!!!!!!!!

      i completely see a whole university out of that! lol
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        • LaLaLand
        • September 16th, 2012

        Who knows it could be successful?! :)

  9. My oldest is 13 and I can so relate. He isn’t neat at all and it drives me crazy. when he was in 6th grade I was called down to help him clean out his locker. He crumbled all of his paperwork. He hasn’t gotten a bit better but not much.

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      • LaLaLand
      • September 13th, 2012

      I don’t know how they do it and don’t really care? I went to my sons school the other day to see how he was doing and we ran into one of his teachers and he said, “Hey did you get that paper you lost?” I was like what? “He didn’t lose it, it was in the bottom of his backpack!”
      I am so glad they don’t have lockers anymore because I don’t think I would like to go down everyday to clean it out (like I did in grade school with his desk!)!
      I guess we can only hope and pray that one day they will figure it out on their own?! Ha

    • Lu
    • September 14th, 2012

    My kids’ school stuff never looked like that. Very impressive!

      • LaLaLand
      • September 15th, 2012

      Thanks, but that is a bit nice for how it usually looks! I can only hope it gets better from here(;

  10. I anticipate trouble when my daughter starts middle school and has to change for gym class. I hope I’ll be pleasantly surprised. At any rate, it’s a year away.
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      • LaLaLand
      • September 16th, 2012

      I hope it goes better for her then it has my son; luckily you have a year before you have to think about it!

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