This morning, I left said child and drove off to the school with those who were better prepared.
The rule at our house is that you're not allowed to walk to school alone, so here's the quandary....How is this kid going to get there?
This morning, finally, I laid it out. Here are the three ways getting out the door can happen:
- Fed, dressed, wearing a coat and a backpack with a lunch and all required papers inside. Arriving to school on time. (The ideal situation. No?) This one includes a smiling mother and happy children.
- Fed, dressed, wearing a coat and a backpack with a lunch and all required papers inside but arriving late to school. This would mean two trips up to the school for me (one with those who are in situation #1 above and those who are not). But, here's the catch....This kind of trip because of stealing my time to take the second drive, will cost in either money or time. This one also includes smiling mother because she realizes that there will be paybacks, but not so happy children as there is payment to be made.
- Possibly not fed, dressed, wearing a coat or backpack or not having all required papers inside said backpack. This really depends on what kinds of choices that child makes for the morning. In other words, I'm done nagging and reminding. If this is the case, school will become a "come as you are" party. Good times! My honest hope is that one of my children will choose this just once. I'm thinking it'd be the last time we'd have a problem. This option includes smiling mother but possibly cold, hungry and most likely, embarrassed children, who are not happy.
As far as this morning went, this particular child chose option #2. In discussing the inconvenience of a second trip, the possibilities of paying me in the money that was just received from the tooth fairy just this morning or paying me in work after school, this child chose work. Haha! As a side note, this particular kid is not my most diligent worker, so I'm not going to nag with that either. It will quickly come down to a cash reward for me if there is even one reminder. There...problem solved for both of us. So thankful for yesterday's lost tooth.
So, today was our last late day for the year. It's also the last morning of stressing over their foolish choices in the morning.