The last time Jack was sent home from school with a big packet of homework to do over the course of the week, we ended on Thursday evening with a 90-minute stress session where I used every tool in my arsenal to get Jack to write ten sentences.
It was terrible. To get those ten sentences, I used something close to 70 stickers, Lego incentives, and a timer to give him breaks. And that’s not the first time we’d had a tough time with homework either.
Aside: Ironically that paper with those ten sentences was sent home with his report card as an example of the work he’s doing. Frankly, he didn’t actually come up with any of the sentences, he just wrote them down at my strenuous insistence. End aside.
Today I lucked out. Jack’s obsession with Legos worked to my advantage.
Jack is always handing me Lego people and asking me to “be this guy.” So today when he did that as we were sitting down to do homework, I decided to use my little Lego guy for good.
I grabbed the toy, said, “I’m Homework Guy!” and then (in Homework Guy!’s voice), “Jack, let’s read your homework.”
(The exclamation point is very important to Homework Guy! Otherwise he’d be just a guy. Who does homework. Where’s the fun in that?)
It turns out that Jack is happy to do homework for Homework Guy! Who knew?
Next time Homework Guy! may not work, but I’m putting him in my bag of tricks, that’s for sure.