I arrived at school a few minutes early today. Even though I am still under the weather, I thought I’d try to take you to the park for a walk. It’s such a lovely pre-spring day outside. Even though I don’t feel well, I figured I could use some fresh air. Plus, you said you wanted to go somewhere after school today.
But that wasn’t in the cards. You got super silly once I walked into your classroom. You went from resting on your rest mat to kicking off your socks to running down the hallway and sitting in the school library. I didn’t run after you today because I am SO. TIRED. OF. RUNNING. AFTER. YOU. I told you to come back three times (from your classroom door). Three calls and ten minutes later you came back. I sat you down on the reading bench and talked to you. After our chat, I helped you put your socks and shoes on. We were just about to leave when you realized
We were just about to leave when you realized you didn’t do the job you signed up for today (plant feeder). I sighed. Then I helped you fill up the watering can and feed the plants. How couldn’t I let you feed them?
We drove home 25 minutes after I walked in the door. Of course, you wanted to watch “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” when you came home. I didn’t want to allow that. Who rewards their kid for running away from them? Not me! I said no. And that’s when the crying began. Crying that continued — on and off — for the better part of an hour.
The thing is, I’m not sorry I didn’t let you watch “Daniel Tiger” despite how much you love it and how much you tried to wear me down. Bad behavior has a consequence and this was the most logical consequence I could think of today. I hope you’ll understand this when you have your own kids. I hope you won’t give into their whims and their whines or they’ll manipulate you like the day is long.
I hope you’ll also understand how hard it is for me to stick to my guns. I want to make you happy, but I’m nothing if I’m not consistent. It’s my hope this consistency will pay off since you are a strong-willed child. I guess time will tell on that front.
I love you.