I spent the weekend pulling my hair out because The Professor, my 12-year-old son who is too good for homework, had four weeks to complete a 3-book project, but he had barely made a dent in it. My boy can’t be persuaded by rewards, bribes or punishment. I suppose that would be a good trait if he becomes a politician, but as a son trying to be convinced by his mother that it would be in his best interest to finish his homework, this trait gets in the way.
I tweeted about it over the weekend, grumbled about spending my Saturday night barking at my son over this darn project. Mimi Avocado and Kim/Liv Life were kind enough hear my whining and we pledged our support to each other, being the unappreciated moms that we were. Thanks, ladies!
That night in my house there were tears, screams, slamming of books. He lost a sleepover that his brother was able to attend with his cousins and he was feeling the bite of procrastination. After much pain, The Professor buckled down and completed a tremendous amount of work that night. He woke up at 6am and then diligently finished his report. He was all smiles and proud when he told he was done.
A job well done.
BUT, this was not the first time that this happened. It has been a recurring theme in my boy’s young academic life. I quietly reminded him of the other examples, and he nodded his head that he understood. I reminded him that he only two more years before high school (can you hear my heart breaking?) and that this behavior would seriously hurt his university choices. I got the usual, “I know. I know.”
We shall see if he does know.
And that was my wild and exciting weekend. It ended with a quick visit to see my in-laws and my mother-in-law offered us some of these giant red mulberries. They were grown from a friend’s mulberry tree in Fallbrook, about 45 minutes north of us. We had never seen such giant mulberries before. I took some home and learned that these long mulberries are also known as Himalayan Mulberries. You can read all about them here.
Gorgeous, aren’t they? And they were about 2-inches long each.
I made this banana bread and stuffed it with blueberries, strawberries and these long, red mulberries. It is made with only whole wheat flour and wheat bran, and sweetened with bananas and raw sugar. I have been experimenting with raw sugar and I’m really liking the result. It also contains extra-virgin olive oil and not butter, but who could tell?
The best thing about this bread is that my husband couldn’t tell the difference. No usual comments when he knows I made his meal healthy.
“Mmmmm…. tastes great!”