Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lessons In Order


Ah yes 'Order Lesson No. 406'.....

This morning has been such a lesson in order for my eldest. It's 6am and he's just left for soccer training. Phew!

All the mutterings in the world last night, about making sure 'bags were packed and lunches were made' did not prevent the chaos that we have lived through in the past rushed hour! "Where's my whites? (formal school uniform for assembly), where's the shampoo" (for shower after soccer match this afternoon, before presentations), where's my homework satchel?" I just sat and watched the mayhem.. to prove a point.... 'get your stuff in order the night before, mate'. We have deduced that our school soccer shorts are 'offically lost'. Initially the blame landed on me!... due to the move.. and packing..... but retracing our steps, we know the precise spot where they should still be lying, on a soccer field way yonder.

He sheepishly limped out the door (piled high with school, sport, homework bags ..plus lunch esky), knowing that he had put us 'through the ringer' this morning. "Sorry Mum, it won't happen again". As long as he's learnt from it. Hey, I just sat back with my coffee and watched! In the end...sort of broke my heart really....the whole learn from your mistakes.... hurts to watch.... even little moments like these.

I am sure I will have many more mornings like these. Wouldn't trade them for the world though.... I love them to bits.... and, as Buzz would say, "to infinity and beyond".

He's not a teenager yet. I have been warned it gets worse.
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15 comments:

  1. Ah, the memories.....Reading your blog had them all flooding back to me! My three (2 boys 1 girl)are all very close in age and there were MANY mornings when I had your exact same scenario multiplied by 3! I too had the "organisation" conversation on MANY occasions without a huge amount of success. My best advice - "Hang on - it's going to be a wild ride!" :)Sharyne

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  2. Oh A-M, as the mother of three teenagers, all I can say is hold on to your hat! Enjoy your 'pre-teen' time for as long as you can, because I hate to say it, but it only gets more 'interesting' from here! In the space of six months, my son has lost his school blazer, volleyball shoes, skins......shall I go on? But the lesson is that after the first loss, he has to replace them with his own money. Hoping that might make him a bit more careful, but who knows. You've done the right thing though with letting him sort it out for himself, even when it's hard not to jump in and help. Life lessons weren't meant to be easy I guess! K xx

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  3. Ah feel your pain! How my 17 year old can get out of bed five minutes before walking out the door to the car and start the day without any breakfast is beyond me and he woke up in a mood, so not talking to anyone. we just watch and say nothing, knowing it wont get us anywhere! Number two is a chatty thing but can get disorganised and is going through a clumsy stage so hurt leg and ankle from knocking his leg on his desk or other furniture at school so was a bit sooky today. they have all left now and its very quiet! Cathyxx

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  4. Ooooh - how I can relate! :-D However, sometimes it happens that the mom and dad of the house are just as confused and whimsical in the mornings, and that´s when it REALLY gets bad..! :-D

    Speaking of soccer; I blogged about that today... sort of... a very special kind of soccer..! :-D

    Take care!

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  5. I have this battle almost every morning! The other morning my Son wore his crocs to school, and I didn't realise until we were in the school carpark. I was horrified, and had to drive back home, get his school shoes and go back to make the exchange. His excuse was he was riding his scooter while I continued to get ready, and forgot to change his shoes...should have put the 'proper' ones on in the first place...LOL!! I don't think he'll do that again!

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  6. Comfort yourself with the thought that teenage girls are usually a little more difficult than teenage boys! I had three such creatures here for a week recently..the house became mood central! I love them sooo much though and it gets you through..Rachaelxx

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  7. Very common threads me thinks!!! Enjoy the calm, now that the whirl wind has departed... ;-)

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  8. It does bring back memories alright...with six the and working I really wonder howI survived. It was the one soccer shoe thing that got wild along with those darn school ties! Better to sit back with coffe then the 'screaming shrew' gig which can happen...good going Mum!

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  9. Gee I dont hold much hope for my Mr 8 year old then!! He is already a very disorganised soul!!! Frustrating but lovable all the same!! lol

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  10. Well now what can I add. Ummm yep, it is no picnic. You do learn to bite your tongue, in fact I've nearly bitten mine clean off over the years. You still have a ways to go A-M in the 'forever reminding the kids to do this, that, or the other department!!
    Just try and keep smiling :)
    xx

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  11. I feel the pain. Been there, done that, STILL doin' it

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  12. Hmmmm... boys they don't get better with age. My 29yo who has come home for 12months with his fiance is still like that. I am forever finding sports things in the laundry - him knowing quite well that the 'Laundry Fairy' (being me) will make sure those stains are out of the white footy shorts!!

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  13. Your such a good mum and your kids seem to love and respect you, I love reading your blog! Jx

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  14. ah, sounds just like this house! "is it phys ed or PSA sport today", "dont foget your piano lesson", have you got that sheet you need to take to homework club""...so much to remember, they almost need their own PA!

    (i know i do!) jxx

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  15. Dear A-M, we are so living the same life right now, but you sound as if you are dealing with it very wisely and very patiently, and I am so impressed that your son said sorry to you, he sounds a lovely chap, really. I swing wildly between doing everything for them, including putting on socks which is quite frankly pathetic for a 9 and 7 year old, shouting, screaming and chasing, getting into the car and driving off without them, etc.... Boy 1 often comes out of the house with no shoes on, he really is on another planet most of the time... i am going to take a leaf out of your book, and watch quietly and calmly and try to let them learn from their mistakes (FF has told me how delightful your boys are, I need to "channel" A-M's parenting skills!) Bx

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