We are off to a rocking and rolling Spring Break around here.
That is if you are 5 and don't know any different. Someday I won't be able to swing this, she will expect planned, organized fun because friends will begin to tell her about ski trips or beach trips that actually take place during Spring Break. I figure we have a few more years of blissful ignorance and I plan to milk that.
In the future, a trip to the YMCA, HEB and the library is probably not going to rank very high on her cool-o-meter. Today it did, that's what matters.
Last week or so I reached into my bag of Mom Ultimatums and told A. if she did not stop being wasteful with toilet paper and liquid soap I was going to take $$$ from her piggy bank to replace them.
You would not believe the waterfall of tears and the begging that ensued. We agreed this was her last chance. Now we occasionally hear ,"Guess what?!?! I only used 3 squares!!" or, "I just squirted a little soap!!" She is really trying to be more careful which is good.
Last night she couldn't find her almost new Carmex and had the nonchalant attitude of we'll just replace it. I reminded her again of keeping track of her things, etc. This morning I asked her for $1.25 from her stash so she could buy a new Carmex when we went to HEB.
No tears, thank goodness, she was actually looking forward to it. I handed her her money and had her go through the check-out first. She was proud of herself.
As for the rest of Spring Break, well, we don't really have any plans. See, by keeping expectations low, anything can end up being fun. If you're 5.