Remember whose exams they are
QMy son is doing his A levels this year, although you’d be hard pressed to believe it as he’s doing no work. He says he is, but I can’t imagine when, as he’s either out or playing computer games. I’ve nagged till I’m blue in the face and nothing changes. We argue all the time which is horrible. What can I do?
AWhose A levels are they? Reading your question, I might well have concluded that the exams you talk about are yours! I know they’re important, and that, ideally, your son should be sitting at his desk swotting. However, it is his choice and he’s the one who’ll have to bear the consequences – of which I’m sure you’ve made him well aware.
Clearly, whatever you’re doing isn’t working, so it’s time to try something different to motivate him. Why not just stop having a go? Sometimes, just being left alone enables someone to do the very thing we’ve been nagging them about. Even if it doesn’t do the trick, it does mean that you and your son will have a more pleasant time and get on better with each other.