At one time, after school pickup used to stress me out. You probably think I’m talking about having to find a parking spot, or having to pick the kids up in the rain, sleet, or snow. What dealing with those parents who double park, while breaking all the rules thinking their Prince/Princess desreves curbside pickup. This isn’t Sonic. Find your tail a parking spot.
My stress would come directly from my kid would barely say hi and come at me with bullet questions.
What are we doing today?
Can we go to the corner store?
Can we get a slushy?
Can we go to Target to get a slushy?
And this was just in the short time of being in my presence for <3 minutes from the walk between school and my car.
When I said no, it was on.
The exhaling would be so loud and heavy, I swear I saw parked cars move. Then the why not would come followed by whining and complaints.
I cringe when the kids whine. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I can’t stand it. It’s not necessary ever. I tell my kids I don’t understand whine and my ears can’t hear it all the while I’m cringing inside.
The kids used to ride the bus until my oldest was no longer able to ride it changing our lives forever. For the worst.
And then one day, I simply said let’s get a special treat each Friday. That’s our treat day.
And the whining stopped. Who the flip flop knew this was all it took? Yes, they’ve tried to ask for a special treat on a Tuesday, but the other one said, “It’s not Friday. That’s treat day.”
Mom win, folks.
It’s all about managing a kid’s expectations. Didn’t I write a blog post about this? I need to read my own blog.
My school pick up life has been pleasant ever since.
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