As you all know, I'm not the best on keeping up with things. Procrastination has always been my motto. But, this morning I feel like I'd reached a new level of Mom-ness, and I needed to blog about it immediately before the moment passed from my memory, as many things do these days.
Long gone are the days of not knowing how to respond to my children's whines and tantrums. Behind me are the awkward pauses of frustration at my children's antics of naughty-ness. That's right! Today, I'd like to share with you the story of how I used my cat-like reflexes to turn a potentially hazardous situation into one for the history books.
(Feel free to get a pen and jot this one down. You'll want to use it.)
Mornings are always difficult for me. Maybe because I use my talent of procrastination to wait until 11:47 to get Ethan, myself, and Jett ready to take Ethan to school at 12:15. I don't know. I haven't pin-pointed the problem just yet.
Anyway, today was only slightly different. I was rushing to get us upstairs (at 11:20, thank you) to change out of pajamas (don't judge me) when Ethan kindly informed me, while watching cartoons from his throne on the couch, that he didn't want to go to school today. Knowing this was his excuse to hang out and finish watching tv, I decided to roll with it to see where this went.
Me: "Really? You don't want to go to school today?"
Ethan: "Nope. It's boring." (yeah, right. He loves school.)
Me: "Gee, ok. What do you want to do today then?"
Long pause from his little wheels turning. I'm sure he was thinking, "she's actually buying this!!"
E: "I wanna play the Wii!"
M: "Well you can't because you're grounded." He's only recently learned the true punishment of "grounding" and has discovered he does NOT like it.
E: "I am? How about I play my DS!"
M: "Nope. You're grounded from that too."
E: "I am? (totally confused at this point.) What if I watch tv?"
M: "Nah. You're grounded from the tv."
After a long sigh he said, "Am I grounded because I don't want to go to school?"
M: "Yes sir, you guessed it!"
With that he replied, "If I go to school, can I be un-grounded?"
M: "Yes you can. Now get up here and get your clothes on!"
Ah, the quick thinking of a seasoned mother. I was so proud of myself. See, there's real talent and skill required for making misery in a child's life.