Thursday, 16 December 2010

"I'm NEVER speaking to you again"

so said Beansy aged 7 this morning.  "You are the WORST mum in the World and I don't want to be in your family". 

Good morning to you as well my darling boy.  You may well wonder what on earth is going on, in the season of goodwill and all that.  Well let's rewind and I'll explain.

Beansy Boy is 7, a gorgeously scruffy boy who lights up my World, but by heck is he messy.  Every morning we go through the same scenario, which goes something like this:

Me "Kids, shoes and coats on, time to go"
Kids: "OK Mum"

This usually takes about 3 shouts from me and then just as we are ready to go, Beansy will wail "Mum, where are my shoes/book bag/hat/coat/scarf/gloves/homework".  Delete as appropriate.  Every single day is the same, despite me saying every day when we get back from school to put his things IN THE SAME PLACE.  His 4 year old brother can manage, his 2 year old sister pretty much manages, but Beansy......well, he just can't seem to get organised. 

Back to this morning, Beansy can't find his left shoe, we are close to being late and I have had enough.  I make him put his trainers on, write a letter to his teacher explaining the situation and off we go.  He is crying, no wailing all the way about "how he is going to get into trouble", "how I am the WORST mum - EVER".

I explained to the teacher on the gate that he needs to learn and I hope that the shame of wearing his trainers will make him more organised.  He was sniffling away as I gave him a hug and told him I loved him and to have a good day.

So, did I do the right thing???


  1. what a sweetheart! do you think it will work?

  2. Absolutely! You'll have to update us on whether it did the trick though..

  3. It worked, it worked!!! HE came home, put everything where it should go and then went and looked for his stray shoe (he found it in his dirty bug). Get this, he even apologised!

  4. yes, well done you!

    remind me to re read this in a couple of years when no doubt we have same problem!

    j x

  5. There you go then! You have discovered a new method of discipline today. Can you give me anymore tips? Lol.

    CJ xx

  6. I think you did the right thing and this method was recommended by a friend of mine. But I'm afraid I'm too lily-livered to do it myself. Good for you for having the balls! My friend suggested I sent my 6 year old daughter to school in her pyjamas as she won't get dressed. there was no way I had the guts for this! In fact last term she wanted to change to packed lunches so I made a pact - you get dressed and you can have packed lunches next term. We did a week's trial before she was allowed to switch. Now if I can't get her out of bed I say she will have to go back to school dinners as I just don't have time to make sandwiches and nag her at the same time. It's not a perfect solution but much much better than she was before. Very good luck x


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