Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mean, Cruel and Heartless

Oliver brought home his conduct sheet the other day. There were 2 C’s, 1 B and 1 blank space, and I have no idea what that means.

B’s are pretty normal for him. He just can’t manage to be quiet. Or sit still. Or follow directions. And most teachers recognize that and don’t give him a whole lot of crap for it. So he gets B’s.

But C’s?? That’s a slippery slope. Pretty soon the C’s turn into D’s and the D’s turn into F’s.

And I hate to punish him for talking conduct marks. Mostly because I’ve come to realize over the last 6 years that he just can’t help it, he has a big mouth. But also because if I did then the boy would be grounded every day.
So I normally let those slide.

This time I had to crack the whip.

We talked and I told him that if they weren’t pulled up into B’s by next week that his weekend plans would be in jeopardy.

Because I’m mean.

That was the same night that he didn’t get to go to fencing because he hadn’t finished his homework in time.

Because I’m cruel.

And then, the next morning he called me at work moderately hysterical because the dogs had eaten his conduct sheet.

I laughed.

Because I’m heartless.


Copyboy said...

Hey you shouldn't be so hard on yourself. You're just being a good mommy.

Aunt Crazy said...

I've always heard that the more they hate us, the better job we're doing!

Keep it up momma!!!

Christy said...

Then I must have been a really mean mom. I'll ask the kids. I might have to rethink my kids' childhoods. Why did you put that idea in my head? I was a "perfect" mom. :)

KLZ said...

When the dogs actually eat homework, you can't help but laugh. It's innate. And hysterical.

Judie said...

Several years ago, I told my daughter that I was sorry that her childhood had been so stressful. Then she said, "What are you talking about??? I had a wonderful childhood!!" Go figure!

Miley (woman:confused) said...

Next time he says you're mean, tell him you'll send him to me. And remind him that the Beave and Munchkin never get B's in conduct, much less something worse, so I have a LOT of yelling that I've been waiting to get out for the last 6 years.

JulzJewlz said...

LOL!! Love that story!
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