I was so close to being proud!

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Andy, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Do you ever get in a moment that difficult child is just about to do something that makes you proud and then it doesn't happen?

    As a math project combined with a way to discipline, difficult child's teacher gives each child 5 pieces of small plastic fruit each day. They stay in a little container in front of each student on their table. For each fruit they have at the end of the day, they get "$1.00". On Friday, they record a deposit of the weeks earnings in a checkbook. They use their money to purchase items at a "store" at the end of the month and will need to write out a check for their purchase. That is the math part. The discipline part is that each time you do something you are not suppose to, like talk out of turn in class, you get one fruit taken from you.

    Yesterday, difficult child lost a fruit for talking. He told me about it and said that another boy was also talking but did not loose a fruit. I told him that his voice carries and the teacher probably did not hear the other boy. I suggested that if the other student expects him to talk when he is not suppose to, he can just point to the fruit and turn his attention back to the lesson. Maybe that will help keep the other boy out of trouble also.

    Today, difficult child told me, "Mom, I am glad I lost a fruit yesterday." O.K., this is where I foolishly set myself up for a proud moment. Surely he was going to say something to the effect of, "That will help remind me not to talk anymore." It just has to be that, right?

    Wrong, "When the teacher put the fruit back in our containers for today, I got an orange. I wanted an orange. Maybe if I get in trouble again, I can get more oranges." :rofl:

    I couldn't help but giggle at that one followed with, "Oh, difficult child, don't you dare!"

  2. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    p.s. We talked about a more appropriate way of getting oranges. Maybe he can trade with someone else or ask the teacher to switch. He said it was more fun to get into trouble. Oh brother!! "Just kidding mom!"

    He talked about going into the classroom when no one was there and switching the fruit around - "No one would notice". "NO, difficult child, that also would be wrong! You need to ask for a trade."
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Yep- I understand!! By the time I get over the disappointment and spend time trying to figure out if my difficult child doesn't get the concept or if getting in trouble is really worth ignoring to him or if he's joking- my face has switched expressions so many times that I'm POSITIVE this must be what is giving me wrinkles! :)
  4. OpenWindow

    OpenWindow Active Member

    LOL! Not quite the lesson we want them to learn!
  5. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Typical difficult child-you gotta love'em!
  6. Christy

    Christy New Member

    When life gives you lemons make lemaonade--no wait, maybe orange juice would be better!

    Funny but how exhausting it is to get a point across. So maybe you can clue in the teacher and she can replace all his fruit with bananas-LOL
  7. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member


    Andy, the way their minds work is fascinating.
    I hope difficult child won't be sneaking into his classroom on an orange-hunt any time soon.
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    OMG, that is so funny! Their minds do NOT work like ours!!!
  9. That is too funny! The way our difficult child's think sometimes amazes me.