I got an email from Olivia’s teacher last week. It was to tell me that Olivia was coming home with a yellow note. A yellow note is a note from your child letting you know what they did that was unacceptable at school that day.
The child writes out their infraction, they sign the note, they bring the note home so parents can sign it and then it goes back to school.
Olivia wasn’t following directions. While at the school computer with instructions to work on math facts, Olivia was instead, surfing the web, looking at dresses.
Yes. It’s true. She was looking at dresses instead of doing math.
How do we address this?
Obviously, we talked to her about not using school computers to look at dresses. School computers are for school work, dresses are not school work.
But damn, I had to fight the smile and the laughter over this one. I’m sorry. I really am but it was funny.
I mean, come on, who else out there would rather look at pretty dresses instead of doing math facts? Duh, all of us, right?
Of course I held it together until after Tom and I had a stern talk with Olivia, asking her if she understood what she’d done wrong, telling her that the school computers are for school work, blah blah blah.
Then, after she left the room he and I stifled laughter and had a moment of shared amused exasperation. Our youngest child is so awesome and yet so awesomely frustrating in all the best ways.
When she came to my bed at midnight on Sunday night, I groggily asked her what was wrong. She stood there for several seconds before coming up with, “I’m just so lonely in my own bed.”
I scooted over and let her climb in next to me but as I did I told her, “Okay, but tomorrow, you’re going to sleep all night in your own bed because we both sleep better when you do.”
She gave a contented sigh as she leaned into me and whispered, “Maybe you sleep better when I stay in my bed but I sleep better here.”
She’s got me there. Actually, it’s pretty obvious that this kid has me wrapped around her little, sleepy finger.
To end on a positive note, last night, she DID sleep in her bed all night long. Not a peep out of her, no cries of loneliness, no sighs of grief at not being in her bed, just deep, sweet sleep for all of us. Sometimes giving in doesn’t mean starting all over with attempting consistency.