Monday, April 2, 2012
So, this morning I signed Thing 1 and Thing 2 up for Kindergarten.
First, can I just say I had this little daydream about how perfect our morning would go... Them dressed cutely in shorts and tshirts, with their hair side swept, and smiling and laughing excitedly about getting to visit their "kindergarten school."
But instead, they were little spawns of Satan. Running around. Running into glass walls. Being WAY too loud for a school environment (yes, they spent a lot of time singing a cute song they'd made up, but there is a time and place boys!). Thing 2 swinging his dog purse around, even after swearing to me that if I let him bring it in that he would not misbehave with it ("Mom, it's not a toy."). Then throwing said dog purse at each other. Me trying to fill out gads of paperwork in between "boys stop that" "boys inside voices" "boys quit throwing" "are you two too little to come to kindergarten? You aren't acting like big boys right now, maybe you need to stay in preschool with the little kids." I didn't dare look around to see the looks I must have been receiving as the other parents sat with their single children sitting quietly.
Am I a bad mother that I obviously lose my cool in said situations and just can't seem to control them? Or am I a good mother because at least I have the good sense to know they are being hellions and am embarrassed about it, instead of being completely oblivious or just shrugging my shoulders and saying "kids will be kids"?
Either way, this mother was relieved when I was finally ready to walk out the door. But right before I left, their soon-to-be-principle came out and introduced herself (and tried calming the boys down with her calm, hushed tones). And since she was right there, and since there had not been a place for it on any of the forms, I asked her about putting Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the same kindergarten class. To my surprise, she said no, that as a rule, they do not put siblings in the same class.
I was a little shaken by this since Superman and I had discussed wanting to keep them in the same class through Kindergarten at least, but I was too exasperated from dealing with the tornado twins for the last 45 minutes, so I decided just to leave, tell Superman, talk it over, and then decide if we needed to readdress the issue with her.
A little while later I called Superman to #1 say "we must do something about the boys' discipline...I feel like their behavior is getting more wild" (he for the record doesn't think there is a problem, which is a problem for me). And #2 let him know what the principal said about the two classrooms.
His answer, "Well then we will send them to a different school." What now? NO.
First of all, I did all of the research, preparation, and work to get them registered in THIS school. Second, this is where their neighborhood friends will go. And third, this is the school where the school bus will take them. Just WHO does he think will be taking them to this out of zone school every morning? Not me!! I'm counting the days until my school drop off duties are over. I can only take so many morning mornings of yelling "will you just buckle your freaking seatbelts!" while two kids are fighting and/or playing behind me and we are all running late because they were fighting and/or playing when they were supposed to be dressing, eating breakfast, or picking up...I'm going to lose my shit!
This is what I say: I QUIT! I'm tired. I have no fight left in me. My energy will go towards something that affects my day positively, like figuring out how to put the fear of god in my kids (that does not involve spanking them in to submission) so that they will shape up and start behaving in public like children and not orangutans. If Superman wants to fight the principal...let him do it. I'll support him, but I am NOT doing the leg work on this one. And if she still won't back down, he'll have to get over it, because I'm not sending the kids out of zone just because he has dreams of them growing up not only as brothers but best friends attached at the hip, doing everything together, and one day moving off to college and being roommates together. Then marrying twin sisters and living next door to each other with their red and blue houses and matching SUVs.
Sorry...I'm just feeling stressed and this morning hasn't helped any.