Parental Homework?

In our house, homework is a daily battle. The only one who actually admits to having any is the 9yo. Understandably, because homework sucks. You’re there all day listening to the teachers gab non-stop for hours. And then you have to continue the “torture” (direct quote from the 15yo) when you get home. I get it. I went to high school, and went to college. Probably not the norm, but I liked school, studied hard and did well. Well, it’s a different story with the teens in my house. Rob and I consistanly hear, “I forgot to turn it in” or “I forgot I had that” or “I got that project assigment oh a month ago, and it’s due tomorrow”.  Well, I made a new rule at the turn of the new year: Any “0” that turns up in the parent portal, they lose their iPods, their DS3’s their computer privledges (unless homework related) until there is no “0” in that spot.  None of them liked that rule. And the 15yo als already lost it a few times, and probably will again tomorrow.

As parents, Rob and I have goals. As part of the new year, we are trying to really focus on living a healthier lifestyle. For the record, I’m kicking his boooooty. Just like homework, I’m working with weekly menus, preparing for daily meals, because more than once the following has come out of my mouth “Awe, crap! I forgot to defrost the chicken”. Then we end up eating pizza or Chinese etc. Not only unhealthy, but not cost effective. Or my personal favorite, “I’m way toooo tired to work out tonight.”  Should we, as parents, have our gadgets taken away for not working out..or forgetting to defrost the fricken chicken?

My first post!

I’m posting this with no clue as to what I’m doing! I figure I would just write, and then try to figure out how to get the cool other things later. It’s finally the weekend and it is a celebratory one! My best friend is getting married, and a good friend is turning 30. We have all the kids and it’s going to finally be a little warmer. There were a lot of F bombs during the commute to work this week, so I’m welcoming a little stress relief.

Back on track this week!!! I limited the chocolate, and increased the exercise and water. Now if I could just get the ol’ man to commit to the exercise. I know we can do it! For me it’s losing 25lbs for him it’s gaining strictly muscle. I tried a new tilapia recipe tonight and all the kids liked it. And when I figure out how to post pictures…until then..

Tilapia Recipe
2/3 C canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes
12 small green olives chopped
1T minced onion
1t minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1lb Tilapia fillets
panko bread crumbs
1/2 C parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400*F. Spray 11×7 pan with cooking spray. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Coat fillets with bread mixture. Bake until fish is flaky and opaque, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, heat tomatoes, olives, onion and garlic until heated through. Spoon over baked tilapia. Eat it up!! Serve with salad or quinoa if your trying to lose a couple 🙂
I should let you know that some of this recipe was adapted by “The Biggest Loser” Family Cookbook.
I’m going hit publish..and see how this looks!!

R