"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Monday, January 5, 2009

She Doesn't Like People Eating Paper or Yelling

We have been so proud of our children for getting along well while we've stepped out of the house and left them...alone. It sounds so negligent when I put that actual word in print. But Cassie is 12, has memorized the number for 911 and has read books about surviving shark attacks and such, so we feel comfortable with the arrangment. To help them know how to use their time wisely in our absence, we usually leave a small list of chores to do before they veg in front of the TV.

We've never come home to drunken parties or blood splattered on the walls. Then we got this note when we got home recently:

Brynne & Jenna got in a fight. Jenna wouldn't clean up (she wanted to do a puzzle) so B ripped up what Jenna had done so far. Jenna went upstairs crying. Brynne yelled at Shelby. S yelled at B. Shelby and Brynne yelled at Jenna for not doing her part. I didn't get in a fight with anyone. Brynne ate the list. I don't like people eating paper or yelling. P.S. Me and Shelby finished our job first.

And then to clear her good name, Brynne added on the back:
I fixed the puzzle and Jenna forgave
After : ) Before : (

It's nice to have this kind of documentation to keep us apprised of the goings-on at the homestead.


AmyG said...

The joys of parenting! lol

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

The greatest part of the whole thing is that NO ONE CALLED YOU to come home and fix the arguement. They got 'er all worked out on their own. A testament to great parenting (ahem, Cindy). :)

Big Doofus said...

That's a classic letter. We leave our three alone from time to time and STILL feel guilty about it even though our oldest is 15. I like the idea of giving them a list of jobs to do.

Mr. E said...

Those letters are priceless. You should put them in a scrapbook.

How do you get your kids to do the list. Mine are 13 & 11 and they forget about it until I call to tell them I am on my way home, then they panic because they dont' have time to do it.

I'm thinking they will have plenty of time when the Wii or X-Box suddenly dissapears for a few days.

Kari said...

That is priceless! I agree with ET about the kids not calling you....when we leave our kids at home (oldest is 15), we usually get at least five, six, or ten calls!

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Emily said...

hahaha. I was nodding my head in agreement until the paper eating incident. I don't have a paper eater in my home. Is this an Indiana thing?

Tammy said...

I almost needed a diagram.

I was always the kid who the teacher left "in charge" while they would go to the office. They would give me a piece of paper to write down names of anyone who talked while they were gone. So I did.

I like Cassie!

david said...

Haha I love Cassie's note - especially when it got to the part about eating the list. Nice.

Kritter Krit said...

EATING the list?

That is brilliant. Seriously, how better to take care of the problem.

Although, as a kid, I would have barfed as soon as the list-eating commenced. I had this weird thing about paper-chewing/eating/spitting.

...Actually, still do. Feeling a tad queasy just talking about it. Urp.