So, after a particularly rough afternoon, which stretched into the evening hours, in which Ian spent an estimated 3.5 hours making excuses instead of doing his homework (which should take 30 minutes)...I decided to chat with him before he went to bed. This is how it went:
Me: Ian, today I was very very frustrated because you chose not to do your homework. I asked you a zillion times to get busy on it, and you always found something else to do. We've tried a timer, rewards, and even losing your allowance, but nothing seems to work. What should we do?
Ian: I don't know. But I will try really hard to just sit down and do my homework right after school next time. Oh, and hey, Mommy! Guess what? I really really really wish that Blue Dog had a scent like Chasey's new Lotso Bear...like cinnamon stick or something. Because it is really unfair that he gets a stuffed animal that smells like strawberries and none of mine smell like that.