|"I think my mom is funny when she tutes stinkely"--*I'd Never*;)|
The trouble was her spelling homework. One of her activities is to use her spelling words in a sentence that she makes up. I try to be as hands off as possible with homework so that I'm not caught in the trap of doing it myself or having to nudge her along every step of the way, but I guess the night before I was too hands off. I checked through the homework and saw the offending sentence and decided against making her change it because I rationalized that I was getting to worked up over nothing. The sentence was this, "Behave or else I will kill you". My initial apprehension with her sentence, was my fear that someone would think Russ or I actually said that in our normal disciplining routine. I thought, "Here I go again being crazy and worried about what people will think. I really need to stop that. She's just being a kid". I suggested that she might want to change the sentence, but she was stubborn and wanted it to stay and I was tired and wanted to be done so I let it slide.
Her teacher had a talk with her, the principal had a talk with her and I was scared out of my mind with the thought of parent teacher conferences in a couple of weeks. I was so embarrassed. My child got in trouble. My child talked to the principal. I could have prevented this and I didn't. Every day when I would open her folder, I was scared to see the offending homework. I was scared for a phone call or a reprimanding note. And when the violent piece of homework made it's ominous appearance, I could hardly bare to look at it. I know I should have saved it for a laugh in the future, but the poor thing was promptly shredded. And it's only taken me three months to be able to laugh and share. Enjoy!