Doing what needs to be done as often as necessary is difficult but the rewards of diligence in this area far outweigh the negative moments. As parents, it is difficult to constantly remind and remind again and again what you want your children to do and how and when you want them to do it. It can be particularly hard after you have already put in a long day. But let me encourage you. The battles you are going through now to put family life in order for the school year will pay great dividends. It will be worth every bit of contention, arguments, discipline, and punishment once order is restored and maintained. The rest of the year will flow easily and smoothly without back talk. Children need limits. They will try the limits but once they realize you are committed in your decision they will soon learn compliance without complaining.