It’s day #2, and I’m already losing it with Conner. Today he walked out to the van without a care in the world (or his backpack or his lunch) and I asked him 4 times if he was all ready to go “yeah mom” Then he saw my not-so subtle glance around his area to see that NO he was NOT ready… and he ran back in to get his stuff.
As I’m vacuuming this morning he has stuff EVERYWHERE. He’s much busier this year than he has been in the past, I will agree. With scouts, and soccer and piano it’s a lot on his shoulders, but not much more than I had at the age of 8.
So, what do you do? How do you make sure that stuff is cleaned up before school? I know it often ends in a tyrade of me promising the car will go no where until it’s done.
Do you just let it go?
I guess I’m just not that kind of mom.
Anyway, as I look at it I have a few strategies.
1. Cleaned-up before bed (and any time they waste doing that, they just lose for their reading in bed time)
2. Cleaned up before school (I don’t make a big deal about it, but we go no-where til’ it’s done).
I think the problem is not freaking out on them about it. I just get SO tired of cleaning up after them.
Perhaps I could let perfection go a bit — but really, is that an option?
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