H has been home sick this week. As a mom, sometimes its hard to determine when your child is sick enough to stay home and when its time to send them to school. H has a problem with honesty and so I have a hard time trusting him. This is something that we are working on. He challenges everything I say and do.
For example, this morning I told him that if he was going to stay home from school he was expected to sleep in until 8:30, eat healthy and no GameCube. I had to run a quick errand and he wanted to stay home. Before I left I explained that if I came home and he had been playing GameCube I would take the controls away. This is something I do quite often at our house. Last summer I boxed it up for 4 months which I plan to do again this summer. Anyway, after I threatened to take away the GameCube if he disobeyed his reply was "FOR HOW LONG?". Yikes! As if he has to decide if the punishment outweighs the reward. This is something he does to me about 90 times a day. I call it the PAIN GAME. How big is the pain? If its not too terrible then I will "Do what I want"... a frequent statement from H's little mouth. Oh, how will I ever mold this little guy into a responsible adult. That is what we are trying to do here. I often remind myself that I'm raising my kids to be responsible adults someday.
On a good note, he didn't touch the GameCube while I was out. Maybe, there is hope!