'You can't go over to your BFF’s house until you finish practicing the piano,' I said.
'I DID,' my youngest replied.
'Five minutes of fooling around at the piano doesn't count as practicing,' I said.
'Don't say it,' she replied and then she flounced off and practiced the piano.
You see, she knew she was about to get a lecture.
That's the lecture I give her about how I spend 'good money'* and A LOT of my time taking her to music lessons and dance. I usually then go on to say that if she wants to continue these activities then she is going to have to practice or they will STOP.
Don't you wish you lived here?
I give a lot of lectures.
Lecture #13 is about how not going to bed early enough will leave one tired in the morning and that if my child just went to bed on time he/she wouldn't be tired.
Lecture #2 is about not eating healthily/regularly/too much/not enough so that one is tired and cranky. It generally morphs into Lecture #11 about how their bad moods shouldn’t be shared with the rest of the family.
Lecture #5 is about turning off lights when they leave a room.
Lecture #9 is about putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher NOT the sink.
I have about 24 lectures that I give A LOT in my house and my kids can probably give them as well as I can as they've heard them all MANY times.
I'm VERY consistent and very BORING with my lectures - or so I've been told.
But today, I'm thinking that to save us all some time I'm going to stop giving the same old lectures.
Yep, instead I'm just going to give all my lectures a number so that in the future I can just yell out the lecture number and then my kids can just shout out the words of it for me.
Good plan, right?
* Good money is different from bad money; bad money goes to pay taxes, good money I get to spend on what I choose. Yep, I make up my own definitions at times. :)