And when I came back in this was sitting on the step in the entranceway:
It says 'Mum, I don't feel like doing homework. Don't be mad. I just really, really don't.'
I explained to Amy that you don't do homework to keep mummy happy, you do homework because your school sets it.
And then I bribed her with a gingerbread cookie and set the timer as for some weird reason setting the timer makes Amy fly through homework she has otherwise been dragging her feet on.
One of the activities at the Christmas Party was writing a card. I did my spiel about how Christmas is about giving and while Santa gives all the kids presents here even kids can give something back (alien idea here) and encourage them to write a card to someone they love. I wrote the words Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa on the board and all the kids got stuck into it.
All but the four kids with English skills. That would be Meg and three kids who have lived overseas.
All four of them wrote a card to Santa.
The word Santa was not on the board as a suggestion of who to write too.
And the 'cards' for Santa were more like shopping lists.
9 yo R wrote 'I want lots of stuff.'
9 yo Y wrote a numbered list. (Considerate, right? So Santa can run his eye over it and understand quickly.)
13 yo M wrote 'I want everything!'
And 9 yo Meg?
Just a new house and new bike, huh?
I love that because of my accent Meg thinks and is spelt end.
I don't love that she mixes up L and R. Grrr!
The new house request is in its second year so I think the disappointment Christmas morning should be manageable.
Interestingly Meg's reasons for wanting a new house are not to get her own bedroom or more insulation and double glazing (which would be top of my list!) but because one of the local building companies uses Dick Bruner's Miffy on their huge house-high dust sheets and that is sooooo cool and because she has been to two housewarmings this year and the houses were sooo clean. And not messy at all. And Meg's bedroom and play room get sooo messy sooo quickly. Sigh. If only she had a new house too it would be all clean....
It's definitely the house that's the problem...