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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Positive Reinforcement

Tim and I have been struggling with scheduling issues: dropping kids off, picking kids up, running errands, appointments, etc. etc. It's manageable, but certainly harried.

With CJ, I get her to school 'on-time', which means, at the end of the drop off time allotment. Today, I was able to get her at the front of time allotment: 8:45AM. No big deal and for at least the first part of my day, I felt a great sense of serenity and calmness (this changes quickly by lunchtime).

When my harried day finally came to a calming 'end', CJ gave me a present. The note on the card said this:

"Thank you for finally being on time for school."

My first reaction was to get defensive: "I have been getting you there on time!" You know, selfishly thinking about the struggle I have to get out of the freaking house to get the kids where they need to be...and me too. But, she is so much like Tim in the sense that it's not on-time if you're not there early. She wants her time to settle and enjoy a few minutes of peace before her day begins, or so I envision.

I can tell you that from now on, I'll be getting her there exactly when she wants to be there...which is, according to her, on time.

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