So I did it again.
Yesterday I started a sentence with “When I was a kid…”
This getting older crap sucks.
When I was a kid, you had some respect for the teacher.
About 10 years ago when I taught 4th grade I had a student who was pretty much doing nothing in school.
Or at home.
After about a week of not doing his homework, I pulled him into the hall and talked to him about it.
He knew he was busted. He tried to lie his way out of it, but I didn’t buy it.
So he must have run right home and made up some bullshit story to his mom.
Because she called me that afternoon and went off on me.
I told her that her son was lying, and then she really went off on me.
Knowing your kids do sneaky shit does not feel good.
Especially when you know other people are judging you as a parent based on your kid’s behavior.
As a former teacher, I’m even more embarrassed when my kids are doing shady stuff at school.
I do not want to be the parent whose kid is making things more difficult for the teacher.
But I am.
I’m not delusional.
I know I have an instigator in my house.
I know my kids lie.
Some more than others.
Number 4’s recent antics have made this especially clear.
She’s not stupid.
I know she will eventually get it.
But trying to get to that point is wearing me out.
I thought she had maybe gotten it yesterday.
We had another talk about self-control, taking responsibility for your actions, about being honest, blah, blah, blah.
“Mom, I have a good side and a sneaky side,” said Number 4.
She’s getting it!!!
“And I’m really disappointed in myself,” she continued.
“Because I’m losing my skills in the sneaky department…
…And I think I need to work on those.”
Back to the drawing board.
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