If you recall, last week Buttercup decided to test me. We just started the second week of school and she wasn’t acclimating very well. In fact, she didn’t want school to start at all—neither did I, but that’s beside the point. School had started, and the schedule set.
One day she had the brilliant idea she could stay in bed until one in the afternoon. Every time I went to her room to see if she was getting up, she’d roll over and ignore me.
Fine, I can handle this. So after a discussion with her father, who at first thought I’d essentially lost my mind, agreed to the plan.
Since Buttercup wasted her entire day in bed (I had a very productive day completing a lot of neglected task) she would be twice as busy the next.
Bright and early at six a.m. her ipod began barking. Yes, barking. Unbeknownst to her, Dad set her alarm the night before. Since she loves dogs sooooo much, it was a natural choice to select that annoying, real-life sounding dog bark.
The dog bark went on for about 10 minutes. It started annoying me, but I tolerated it. I knew it was more annoying to her.
When the barking stopped, Dad began, in that annoying “Sheldon” way. Poke, poke, poke, “Buttercup,” poke, poke, poke, “Buttercup,” poke, poke, poke, “Buttercup.”
“STOP IT! I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!” She rolled over and attempted to bury herself under her pillows and covers.
“No, you’re not. You did that yesterday. Today is for work. Get up, you’re burning daylight.”
The gratification I received at that moment made it worth having to be up that early myself.
Eventually with a few more pokes, prods, and Dad throwing webkins at her, she decided staying in bed wasn’t worth the trouble. She flopped onto the sofa and gave me this sleepy, evil look.
That’s when I explained Newton’s Third Law of Motion:
For Every Action There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction
Therefore: When Buttercup decides to stay in bed and sleep all day. She will find herself doing double work the next.
She completely understood this. Did she like it, no. Anytime she decided to whine or complain about having to do sooooo much work, I just simply reminded her: when you sleep all day, you have double work the next. She’d give me her “evil look,” and I’d just smile. It was a fun day for me.
Would you believe I’ve not had any more trouble with her sleeping in on a school day? I can’t wait until we study Newton in history and science. I’m definitely reminding her about this.