starving our horse

This weekend we have plans to 'starve our horse'

Bennett our 14yr. old boy genius tried to pull a fast one on his mom & dad. First let me brag, it's my blog and I can brag a little, tiny bit, right? My son is a genius. Truley a brilliant child.  In terms that this avid fisherman can understand,  it is not 'sink or swim.' It is swim-swim-swim...as fast as you can!
You are no longer a big fish in a little pond.
You are a big fish...in a small pond...surrounded by other big fish!
He signed up for a very challenging 8th grade math. This year, his daddy and I gave up helping him in math, it has been way to long to remember! So when he gets stuck on a problem or does not understand,  I found an awesome tutor who will come as needed! All Bennett has to do is call him. His responsibility. A big test was coming up. Mom kept asking, "Are you sure you know it? Call Lee if you need help." He promised us he did (as he was texting on the phone with his girlfriend)

This morning, as he was getting out of the car, in the drop off line, he handed his daddy a math test to sign. Need I say more! (thinking this was a strategic move - to give it to his daddy instead of me and to wait until he had to get out of the car) All he had to do was call the tutor, the mistakes were so simple! aaahhhh! So here is where our parenting skills balance each other out!

Daddy's response,
"Well, You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink"
My response,
"Well, I can starve that horse. He'll get thirsy!"

So this weekend, for the love of our over-fed horse, we will starve him. Will will be removing many desserts from his diet: cell phone, house phone, tv, computer, IPOD, even the dog (just kidding about the dog, turning the dog over to Mary Claire is plan B)  Our goal is to give freedom, require responsibility, render consequences and be loving throughout!
 No disicipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
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