Monday, September 16th 2019
(See Missing the Bus… and Other Parenting Negotiations).
ONCE IS A FLUKE
TWICE IS A PATTERN
THREE TIMES IS A PROBLEM
Mom is driving Boy to school after missing the bus a second time. She is having Boy write down things to help create a Morning Routine for himself.
BOY: [Reads from list.] Bathroom, dress, teeth, backpack, jacket. [Picks up book.]
MOM: OK Great. Um, you want shoes with that?
BOY: Oh yeah. [Puts down book. Writes “shoes.” Picks up book.]
MOM: How about your watch? Breakfast? Book? Anything else?”
BOY: [Sighs audibly. Puts down books. Writes notes. Picks up book again.]
MOM: OK, how about a target time for leaving?
BOY: [Frustrated sigh. Repeats above. ]
MOM: Anything else?
BOY: [Puts down book exasperated.] FINE! [Writes frenetically.] Create. World. Peace. Impeach. Trump. Solve. EVERYTHING! Are you happy now!?!
MOM: [Pauses.] Yes. [Represses laugh.] Yes I am.