Hector was enjoying and afternoon of skateboarding when his dad called him into the house.
Not good thought Hector. It is only 4 o’clock, too soon for supper.
When Hector went inside he saw his mom and dad sitting at the dining room table. They asked him to sit down at the table with them.
Uh, oh thought Hector, did I forget to do a chore? Did my sister, Maria, snitch on me for eating her snack last night? He couldn’t think what else he might have done wrong.
His dad said, “You’re not in trouble, Hector. We just want to talk with you about homework before the school year starts. We want you to get off to a good start. We want you to have good homework practices.
Last year, you had a hard time doing homework, not because it was hard, but because you kept putting off and then you would rush through it and not do your best work.
This year, Hector, you will have more homework than last year. It will take time to do. I know there will be times when you would rather be doing other things, like skateboarding or watching TV. But, when you put homework off to the last minute, you make it hard on yourself.
So, make up your mind to do your homework first thing , when you get home. Then you will ill be able to have fun. You won’t have to be worrying about getting your homework done.
So, Hector, do you promise to do your homework as soon as you get home?”
Hector was glad he wasn’t in trouble, but he wasn’t happy to have to promise to do his homework as soon as he got home from school. He could see by the look on his dad’s face that his dad meant business. He looked at his mom. She was nodding yes to everything dad said.
His dad said, “Well Hector, we are waiting for your answer. Hector answered, “I promise.”
“Good,” said dad. “Now you can go back out and skateboard until dinner.”
As Hector picked up his skateboard and walked outside he thought to himself…sometimes being a big boy and making promises I have to keep is tough!