Reports of a Nor’easter surfaced late last week. Even though we’re quite a bit west of the 95 Corridor, meteorologists were predicting snow. The snow began around 9 p.m. on Thursday and fell overnight, which caused the schools to have a two-hour delay. By morning the roads weren’t cleared so the inevitable happened. Schools closed.
I was supposed to have a meeting last Friday with a nearby school about implementing writing workshop next year. However, when school got canceled on Friday so did my meeting. It was rescheduled for today, which wasn’t a big deal except for the fact I knew I wouldn’t have child care. You see, my mom was in town last week so she was going to watch Isabelle while I attended the meeting. I knew I couldn’t get a babysitter for today’s meeting, which meant I’d have to bring my three year-old to a consulting-related meeting with me! (NOTE: I’ve consulted in this school before and know the folks I was meeting with quite well. Therefore, they were kind enough to agree to having my three foot three year-old tag-along with me.)
Now, I’ve never brought Isabelle to anything work-related. Hoping for the best and expecting the worst, I gathered an ABC puzzle, a lot of Little People, three books, and a box of 24 crayons. I filled a snack bag with Cheerios, Bunnies, pouches, raisins, and water. I pre-set my iPhone to pbskids.org/daniel in case I needed to show her an episode of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” to keep her quiet. Then, “the talk” began.
- I told Isabelle she’d be accompanying me to a meeting.
- I told Isabelle she’d have to use an inside voice in the hallways.
- I told Isabelle she’d say “hi” to people when they greeted her.
- I told Isabelle she’d have to play quietly while I talked with the other grown-ups.
- I told Isabelle she’d need to say “excuse me” before asking for something.
- I told Isabelle she’d need to behave so “Mommy can get work done.”
- I told Isabelle if she did all of these things then she’d get to watch two Maccabeats videos and/or an episode of “Sesame Street” when she got home.
Guess who watched two Maccabeats videos and got to pick out what she’d eat for lunch when she got home? ISABELLE! That’s because she was excellent during my meeting. Sure, she did some typical toddler things like interrupting me to show me a drawing and humming while gobbling down her Cheerios. Sure, she got restless and needed to go for a walk. Sure, she got fussy by the end of the meeting, which went for nearly 90 minutes. BUT, she was so well-behaved. We had a productive meeting (the last part of which was in a corner of the Kindergarten classroom so she could play with different toys).
I wouldn’t intentionally bring Isabelle to another meeting with me, but I’m so proud of her for behaving as well as a three year-old can behave under the circumstances. What a champ!