Next Up…..ChoreTube

Last evening I messaged the ex to ask him if I could have T this upcoming Thursday.
Did not mention that it was due to me taking him for his first shot.
I mean he is not overly thrilled despite giving me permission so I was not about to wave it in front of his face.
T was concerned about his dad asking him what we were doing.
I pawshawed him as if.
Well guess who was wrong?
Not T.
T: Mom dad just messaged me to ask what we were doing
Me: Just tell him… you know what buddy just tell him to message me.
I was proud of me.
After dinner I was loading the dishes into the dishwasher when T wandered out looking for more food.
I explained to him yet again that when he was doing the dishes that meant that he was to also put the dishes that were in the sink into the dishwasher.
And he tells me again that he forgot.
Me: How could you forget?
T: Well I do.
Me: You do this every day. How is it that you could see an ad  for a video game coming out in 2022 and the day it releases you will remember but your daily chores seem to be an issue?
T (shrugging): Well I would be seeing ads about it all the time.
He walks off to his room.
When he was younger T wanted us to start a Youtube channel.
He figured that we could make a lot of money making videos.
We are hilarious was his thought surely the world would find us just as funny?
Me: Hey why don’t we do chore videos for The Youtube.
***I know it is not called that but it is so worth it for the looks
T (giving me that look): No mom. First it is not The Youtube it is just Youtube. And secondly no.
Me (giggling): Oh c’mon. When you were younger you wanted to have a Youtube channel with me.
T: Mom that was different. No one is going to watch you teach me to do chores.
Me (hanging onto the doorframe laughing): No? You don’t think that your friends would watch the channel?
T (voice dripping in sarcasm): Hey dude what does your friend do? He makes chore videos with his mom?
Me (tears forming as I am laughing): No? ChoreTube? You don’t think that that would be a hit?
T: Mom back away from the door.
Walked into the kitchen and stood there giggling.
And than the idea hit me.
What if we did create a platform called ChoreTube? Parents could subscribe and the kids had to watch and complete at least one chore a day.
And homework.
Once done they could have access to playing video games/watching t.v. etc.
I don’t quite know how it would work.
It is only in the beginning stages of development.
Also I have yet to get T on board.
I mean what teen wouldn’t want to acknowledge that their mom was the creator of ChoreTube and he was the inspiration?
It would work no?
©May 28/21
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Homework has Changed

Mon, Wed and Friday this week are school days.
Tues and Thurs at home days with additional work to be done.
Tues I receive a text from T telling me that he:
a) does not understand the homework
b) cannot email his teacher as he did not have his Chromebook.
I wanted to know where the Chromebook was.
He had left it at home and I saw him leave without it.
Responded with he is a big boy and I am not responsible for ensuring he has what he needs.
I got back a grumpy I know but I can’t do this.
Told him that we would look at it when he arrived home.
As I was not working Wednesday I could stay up and help with the homework.
He arrives home and hauls out his red folder.
First up: Patterns (Math)
There is a pyramid with numbers in the bottom corners/blanks and one must figure out the numbers.
I admit I looked over it for about 30 seconds or so before my brain made the connection.
No matter what way I explained it T could not understand what I was doing.
Finally though I think that he understood.
Main problem he had: No one said it was math mom!
I chuckled a little and told him this was something we would have to work on.
Next Up: Root Words (ELA)
He was given roots i.e. graph/gram and had to find the words or the meaning.
I asked if he was suppose to be looking up the root meanings?
IDK is the most common line of response.
As we are going along he is beginning to understand.
Each answer must contain the ‘root’ word.
We get to -dict-
I cannot remember the first word but the meaning of the second word:
To say or command something forcefully.
First word to pop into my head: Edict
T looks at me as if I am making up words.
I told him that his teacher was going to know that I was helping him with his homework.
T laughed and said she should be able to figure out that I helped him with everything.
We did get through all 4 pages of work and were thrilled until T turned to the last page.
He was suppose to write a paper or something on the quote:
No one has the power to destroy your dreams unless you give it to them.
T says he disagrees but what did I think?
I said I agree.
He said so do I then.
I asked why?
He said I am just going to pretend that I did not see this page.
I could not fault him with that one.
It was 10:30 and I was not about to read and edit his work.
Told him he could do it in the morning.
Needless to say the paper did not get written yesterday a.m. before school.
Whether he has written it or not I am unsure.
I will have to assume I will either receive an email if he has not or he has done so and I can forget about it.
I am not sure about this additional task to add to my day.
I work 40 hours a week.
I am mom 24/7.
I am a chauffeur.
Chief Cook & Bottle Washer.
Maid service.
And now…..teacher.
One thing though as teacher I am not going to include learning on my own behalf.
If the ‘new’ math does not work for me I will be using ‘old’ math.
You know the one that was around for hundreds of years.
That no one had any issue with until-well-could someone please explain to me what the hell the point of new math is?
T does math in his head.
Like his mother.
Like his father.
We do not show our work with words.
We do show our work with numbers.
If the answer is the same who the heck cares how you got there as long as you got there.
Math is hard enough as it is why make it harder?
Have a totally awesome Thursday lovies.
©Nov. 19/20
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