- Posted May 14, 2014 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Confessions from imperfect parents
Timing is Everything
Monday through Friday at 7:30 am, the children in our home are served a simple yet nutritious breakfast. This meal consists of your choice of waffles or cereal with milk, a glass of juice and a Flintstone vitamin. Food offered during this particular time slot has worked very well for quite a few years. At this point, everyone who lives here is well aware that if you are late for any reason, you will experience some difficulty securing these satisfying menu items.
At 7:40 am, you will be served an untoasted pop-tart and some milk.
At 7:50 am, a granola bar and a small bottle of water.
Any later than that, it is strongly suggested that you brush your teeth and look forward to your lunch. Your bus arrives at 8:05 am, and you will be on it.
In this house, we have certain rules in place for a variety of reasons. The 7:30 am breakfast rule exists because lots of things have to occur in a very concentrated bracket of time. The first hour of the day is rough on everyone. We all live together, and we share the amenities and privileges of being in this family. As your mother, part of my job is to make sure things proceed as smoothly as possible.
If you get hung up for any reason at 7:30 am, it's usually because you are making a choice. If you choose to read a comic book in your underwear or make a rubber band bracelet after you get dressed and before you come down to eat, you must live with your decision. This is your prerogative, my dear.
I like to give you boys plenty of options, so you can make lots of great decisions. You can go to bed at a reasonable hour so you can wake up with enough time to get all of your tasks accomplished. You can sleep a little later and hustle to get out the door on time. Or you can read The Justice League of America, Santuary and miss out on everything else.
Hey, it's fine if that's what you decide to do. What's not fine is when you behave like a fink, once you realize your breakfast has been compromised. Your choice doesn't give you the right to gripe about the accommodations as if you are a hotel guest and your room service order has been bungled. In addition, if you suggest to your brother that you plan to pursue free school breakfast in efforts to counteract the unfair treatment you receive in our care, you are definitely getting my attention. But I guarantee that it's not the kind you were hoping for.
Quite frankly, I find your negative attitude most challenging to my generally pleasant demeanor. Arguing first thing in the morning is a drag. And it really harshes my joyful coffee mellow.
Desmond honey, you are a terrific young man. Your Dad and I love you. But we are your parents, not your employees. I assure you that taking responsibility for your actions is ultimately the easier, softer way. I'm optimistic that you'll appreciate this crucial lesson sooner rather than later. Hopefully, tomorrow will start with a step in the right direction. At 7:30 am.
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