Friday, January 09, 2009

"You're a Mean Mom!"

Yep. That's what my daughter told me today, as she trudged through the snow, in her shoes. Why? Becasue she'd left her boots at school for the umpteenth time. Because she couldn't be bothered to bring them home.

So, to teach her a lesson, I "couldn't be bothered" to drive her to the bus stop, OR to school. I'm tired of empowering the laziness. Her BROTHERS manage to bring their boots home every day. Heck, they wear them home from school. There's nothing embarrassing about snow boots in Wisconsin. Even hers. They are black, with little white daisies on them. She LOVED them. She PICKED THEM OUT. So, after a few times of sighing and loading the baby and everybody into the car and driving her to the bus stop so she wouldn't have to walk in the snow bootless, I finally put my foot down.

I'm a mean mom. I wear that badge proudly. How else is she going to learn to remember her boots? Having an unpleasant walk through snow just might do the trick. And it's not like she has to walk MILES. The bus stop is in front of the house next door to us. We just happen to have big lots, so it's a "bit" of a walk. Nothing she won't survive.

Yes, I'm a mean mom. I make them eat their green vegetables. I make them CHANGE their underwear every day. I make them finish their homework. I make them do chores. I make them clean up the basement when it starts to look like a level 4 cyclone blew through. I actually make them shovel snow. I'm horrible. The worst mom ever.



Anonymous said...

You're doing your job in the best possible way -- teaching them responsibility and not letting them do whatever they want. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

Grin :-)


Michelle Miles said...

Gaw. You're so mean. ;)

Jennifer said...

You're a great mom, Lara!

Aimee said...

You're doing what I wish more moms would do...teach independence and responsibility to their children. Whether it is forgotten boots or homework, I believe children won't learn until they live with the consequences. I'll be curious if she forgets her boots again.