Thursday, January 29, 2015

Little Miss Know-It-All

As your kid gets older there are lots of great things that happen. They become more independent and can do most things without your help. You can have conversations with them and enjoy their company as little people. But just like with all phases there is a downside too.

In my 9 year olds case she is a big know-it-all. Now she is a little bit of a know-it-all when it comes to her friends, but where it's at its all time high, is when we are working on school work. She gives me these looks like she knows better than I do. The thing is, she doesn't.

For example, yesterday her assignment was to write 2 paragraphs on a person involved in the Mexican American War. Like with all writing assignments I set her up to start an outline. She bitched and moaned like a tween does and said she already knew what she needed to write and didn't need to do any pre-writing. So I sent her off to write it. She came back over a hour later with basically a plagiarized essay. She had just taken sentences from the articles she researched and put them together. There was no structure and she had not even touched on the persons importance to the war. It was a big mess. It was not something she could turn in and she had just wasted about 2 hours. 

So the next day we had to come back to it and start with the pre-writing. This happens a lot when it comes to school work. Now this is usually the part of the blog post where I tell what I did to solve this issue. Well right now I am at a loss. I have no idea how to handle this. Do I let her do the work on her own, turn it in and get a bad grade? Or do I keep fighting the good fight and battle with my tween during school time?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 


  1. That's a tough one! My 9 year does not like doing homework and is a battle each time! She to likes to just copy sentences from the book! AlI can say is take deep breathes! I usually try and help her to figure out how to say out on her own words but even that is a battle. She still tries to getme tojust giveher the answer -_- I've definitely increased my patience level!

  2. My son was, I mean still is a know it all :) I spoke with my sons teacher and explained what was going on. We both agreed that we would let my son turn in his paper, she gave him and F and she had him write a new essay. Problem solved and he never again fought with me regarding essays. I don't know if you want to go through all that, but it worked for me.

    1. I think this is going to be the road I try.

  3. I have raised 2 handfuls of kids and my toughest was our daughter Hannah. Redhead and Fiery. My suggestion is you put the pros and cons on the table. Show how you would do it. How you feel the correct way is to put all the effort and get a great grade. Then allow your child to follow your lead or make her own. She will hopefully see that ho hum effort is a waste of time with a bad grade and realize just a little more effort is time well used and gets her a great grade. As much as We want our child to be successful in areas they themselves need to want it also. Much luck. Peace Kathleen :-)


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