"They are having fun when they should be doing homework."
I really don't mind if they are having fun, although when they get to hootin' and hollerin' so loud I can hear them across the house (okay the house isn't that big), they scare our terrier and she scrambles to my room where she has taken up residence in a drawer (another story for another day).
So anyway, usually when I hear the laughter I look at the time. If it's getting late and I know they are doing homework I go in there and point out the time. My oldest daughter has no sense of time and my youngest is quite the ham, so when they get to laughing and messing around, they forget what it is they really need to be doing.
I have to be the no-fun mom and make them get back on the task of homework. What a wet blanket! Sometimes I even have to split them up or send them to their rooms if they can't pull themselves together. There are even times I have to send one to her bedroom and tell the other one to stay in the family room, as they are adept at keeping the uproar going with only a wall separating their bedrooms. Sometimes I go into the family room to find my husband the cause of the hilarity, then I have to send him to another room.
Oddly enough, I am the parent who tries to create the fun when the homework is done. Yet in trying to create the fun, I often don't have fun at all. I drag them all out of the house away from their electronics. I try to capture Kodak moments with three people taking turns pouting over their unwillingness to have fun. There is always something one of them doesn't like and I'm always the one to try and smooth it over or cajole them into dealing with it. But once one of them decides not to have fun, they will not relent.
Last night I made the decision to let them have their fun. I didn't break it up. I decided it wasn't my homework and it wasn't my sleep on the line if they had to stay up later finishing their homework.
It was all fine. The homework got finished in a timely manner, they got to bed at a decent hour and I didn't have to rain on their parade. Now that was fun.