Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Early to bed

Today when I was picking Emma up from school, I had another report that she wasn't behaving appropriately (acting silly and not being quiet at rest time) at school again today. She was held back from P.E. for 5 minutes this time. Her teacher said she wanted Emma to understand that she means what she says. I told her that if she needed to do more than that, please feel free! I don't know what to do about it. She acts like it is no big deal. I think I know exactly what the problem is, so I guess I do know what to do about it, I just hate to turn into a "mean Mom". Actually, she already calls me that, so I don't know what I'm worried about. She needs to know that when we tell her that she can't do something because of bad behavior, or whatever, then she can't do it. No second chances. She has a birthday party to go to on Saturday and it includes a sleepover. I have been threatening and threatening her that she isn't going to be able to go if she doesn't straighten up. I have been planning on her attending the party, but the sleepover part is what I've been dragging my feet about and using as leverage. That apparently hasn't been working too well though. I'm tired of continuing to give 2nd chances and 3rd chances, to both Emma AND Gage, and I'm just going to have to start sticking to my guns. Starting now. :-) These two don't appreciate things like they should because they get too much. They can be very ungrateful and that needs to change. For example, lately Emma has decided she doesn't like her bedroom. WHAT?!?!?! Most little girls would DIE to have her room! She says she wants her old bed back. She said that she wanted to have a slide on it and that's why she doesn't want it anymore. A very good example of her ungratefulness. She begged and begged to have a tall bed like Gage's and when she saw a picture of that dollhouse bed, she wanted it. She's lucky in that she has a Grandpa who can make those things, which is the only reason she could have a bed like that in the first place. I have told her that if she doesn't want that bed anymore, then she is going to have to talk to her Grandpa about it and I told her that it would be sure to hurt his feelings. She replies, "Well, he made my old bed too!" Hmm...........I guess she got me there. She has too many things just handed to her and it's got to stop. Unfortunately for her, her birthday is coming up in a week and a half. I have sworn that I am not going to buy her any toys because she doesn't play with the ones she has. Yes, Dad, you read that right and this time I'm hoping I can stick to the plan!!! I may have to keep the list of girls she invites to a minimum to help my cause. I suppose I should stop griping now. I got the kids to bed EARLY tonight, so hopefully they'll have different attitudes about life tomorrow!

This week I am working on Wednesday (tomorrow) and Friday. I wish I had more days, but the days off have been nice. I'm looking forward to going in to the library tomorrow.

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