Mom — Boys, you realize that because I decided to only let you do homework for a half hour today, and you didn’t finish all your homework, Miss Teacher may decide to take away some privileges.
R — Are you going to send her a note?
Mom — Yes. I will explain that I think 2 hours of homework is too long.
R — I know! Then we wouldn’t even have time to play!
Mom — Well, if Miss Teacher says there is some punishment involved for not doing all your homework, I want you to remember that we made the decision and we’ll have to take the consequences.
R — Okay.
B — It’s okay. We can take it.
The boys are talking to Dad on Skype.
Dad — How was your first day back at school?
R — Not so good.
Dad — How come?
R — Well, there were some bad parts.
Dad — Like what?
R — Well, the first part, of course, is that they don’t have anything to play with at recess like at our old school.
Dad — No playground?
R — Yeah! It’s just a field.
Dad — Oh… What else?
R — Well, the second part, of course, is that the bus ride is so long . The third part, of course, is that the P. E. teacher speaks Spanish.
Mom, thinking there must be more to the story — Did you get in trouble?
R — Of course not.
As part of their work at school, the boys wrote letters to the Grinch
R drew the stages of his life. He is clearly a planner.
I attest that the kid is, indeed, good enough to eat.
R has taken to having “lunchbox conversations” with me.
Yesterday I spoke with the boys’ new teacher. She filled me in on academics and her discipline system. She informed me that B “reached blue” on the behavior ladder today and will miss part of recess tomorrow as a consequence.
Mom — B, your teacher told me you had a blue card in class today.
B — Yup.
Mom — Do you know why?
B — I can’t remember.
Mom — Miss Teacher said it was because you kept talking out of turn.
B — Oh, that’s right!
Mom — Miss Teacher said you won’t go to recess tomorrow.
B — “I don’t matter.” I don’t like recess anyway. It’s okay.