Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lowering standards

I think I'm going soft in my old age. See, I was brought up in the belief that you went to school every day unless you were genuinely, seriously, on-your-deathbed sick. My parents had ( and still have) a strong work ethic, which they instilled in each and every one of their children.

I've followed the same pattern with my kids. Over the years we've had quite a few conversations that went something like these:

Kid: Mu-u-um, I've got a snotty nose and a sore throat.
Me: Your temperature's normal, so tough - you're going to school.

Kid: But Mu-u-um, I'm tired after that late night we had.
Me: Suck it up - off to school with you.

Kid (on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day): It's not fair Mum, half my grade isn't coming to school today. Can't I stay home?
Me: Just because their parents are irresponsible slackers, doesn't mean you get a day off.

It's worked out well, actually - Number One Son is so conscientious about his job, he would never miss a shift. He even got sent home once because he went in dripping snot and germs everywhere. Uh, yeah - his job involves food handling. Bleurgh.

Anyway, last night was The Baby's big school musical production, Kids at Sea. He had two roles - he was a sailor and a roc(k) bird. He's been rehearsing this thing for the last 6 months, staying after school, practising at lunchtimes, and really putting in some effort. This week has been hard on him, with a full dress rehearsal all day Monday, the first performance Tuesday and then an encore last night. The show finished around 9:30, then he had to get changed out of his costume, find us in the huge crowd of parents, get home and bask in the praise of his grandparents. By then it was 10:30, which is pretty late for a little feller, and he was pale and droopy, as kids get when they're absolutely buggered. And I heard myself saying these words: "You can stay home from school tomorrow". What the....?

Is it true that you get less strict, the more kids you have? I fear it is so.....Number One Son is frequently heard to say "It's not fair! You never let ME do that!"

I figure that it's partly to do with mellowing with age, but mostly that by the time you get to the third kid, you're just too tired to argue any more.......

1 comment:

kathrynoh said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with a day off if he's been working that hard :)

It will prolly do him better than if he got run down and got geniunely sick.

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