This is my first time joining the Tuesday Talk link-up & if there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I love me a good link-up. So, starting next week I'm going to combine my To Be Honest with Tuesday Talk - two birds, one stone.
Anywho, the thing I want to talk about today is Trouble. I know, I talk about her a lot but she is what pretty much inhabits my brain especially after getting a disciplinary email this morning - the first one of the school year. She left school grounds without permission so she got a truant charge against her & a detention. I explained to her before school started that she needed to stay in school or she would have to pay for her phone & that would be $80 a month or she would lose it. Not much to ask, right? Just keep your butt in class. Could she do it? Of course not. So, now I'm gonna have to be the bad guy & get rid of the phone. I tried to explain to her before that she has the power to get what she wants just by staying in class, getting good grades, obtaining a job, etc. Her grades are up & I'm really happy to see that & she gets to have a later curfew on school nights: C's or better it's 9:00, B's or better it's 10:00, anything lower than a C & it's 8:00.
So, she's got the curfew thing at a good place - 9:00 currently. If she would just stay in class with no unexcused absences, she'd have a phone. If she would get a job & just work a couple of days a week, she would be able to drive the car from time to time. She needs to learn that to get something you want, you need to work for it. In less than eight months, she's gonna be 18 & a short month after that, she'll graduate (hopefully). When she gets out into the "real world" she has to know that she needs to work. I really feel that she's going to fail, she's going to fall on her ass or depend on a man to take care of her because she won't work, she won't do what needs to be done. It sucks, I don't want her to fail but I just feel that if she can't do what we ask of her now, what is she gonna do when more is asked of her? I guess, only time will tell.
In the meantime, please pray for my sanity...