When Prince Charming begins filling out college applications, ‘self-starter’ will not be listed in his quality characteristics. In fact, to get him to do anything I almost have to walk around dangling a Taco Bell gift card right just out of his reach. Buttercup is no self-starter either, but she is more easily motivated than the slug that lives upstairs. A Klondike Bar, or a day without the ipod generally gets her attention.
That leaves me with a dilemma. How do I teach my kids to get moving? To be the productive members of society they are expected to be? My little chicks won’t always be in my nest, and I with teens, I understand the concept of the bluebird pushing—no shoving—that baby out of the nest to fly. There won’t always be a Taco Bell nearby or a Klondike Bar handy. Therefore, this lesson shall be painful, but an important one to learn.
That brings me to today. Buttercup, my sweet, precious, darling BUTTERCUP! That little red-headed spit-fire decided today, she wanted to be lazy and spend the day in bed.
Annoying? Yes, tremendously! But, I let her do it anyway.
My day turned out to be very productive, laundry done, kitchen cleaned, I’ll tackle the dining table next. It’s been a rather pleasant and quiet day. Tomorrow, on the other hand, will not be so quiet.
Tomorrow Buttercup’s first lesson will be one in Physics. She will come to understand Newton’s Third Law of Motion:
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Some of you may already be following me here. Since Buttercup decided to stay in bed and be lazy all day, she will discover that tomorrow will not only have double work, but she’ll also find that she’s rested up enough to do double chores.
I can hear the shrieking, moaning, and sobbing already. Sir Clark’s noise cancelling headphones, and my mp3 player should help with that. Maybe I should go to the dollar store and buy one of those fake award things, so she can be rewarded for the performance, or maybe I’ll write in a Drama Class. That way I can grade how well she protests. Either way, at the end of the day, my point will be made. I don’t think I’ll have this sleeping in problem again.
Now I need to go make a list of chores she and I can do together, and make an action plan for Sir Clark to wake the dragon tomorrow morning. This is going to be fun, nothing like bugging your kids as much as they bug you. I’ll let you know how things go.