Baby A was not down with that plan.
I know this because I am completely in tune with my children's dreams and desires.
Also, Anna came screeching out of the bedroom sobbing about something something Emily something something PINCHED ME something something BUT I DON'T WANT TO.
See? Totally in the tune.
Thankfully, I have an eight year old who is
Did you pinch your sister?
Are you telling the truth?
Darlin, you know that you need to use words when you want something. You aren't the boss of Anna and if she doesn't want to match you, she doesn't have to. Also, you always need to tell mommy the truth, even when you think it's bad news. You're going to lose your tv privileges for two days for lying. And for the love, STOP PINCHING PEOPLE.
I felt pretty good about my parenting prowess until she turned and proceeded to try to talk Anna into wearing the jersey.
Right in front of me.
After she lost her television.
(Which is pretty serious around here. Being cable free, she had just lost American Idol.)
(No DVR y'all.)
(I heart Harry.)
(That has zero to do with this story.)
And this time, she's in tears and has entered the land of indistinguishable words.
Something, something, why won't she help me, something, something, I just want to win the prize for my class....
Again, Lainey the Informed steps in to clarify things for me. They were encouraged to wear numbered sports jerseys all week. Each class would add up the digits and the class with the largest total number would win a little prize. A little community fun with sneaky math.
Nice move, teachers.
And my Emily just wanted to win.
She gets that from her Dad.
So I pulled my girl in for a hug and blessed her with my awesome wisdom.
Baby, if you had simply used your words from the beginning and explained why this was such a big deal to you, maybe Anna would have complied. And maybe she wouldn't have, but at least you wouldn't have lashed out at her and gotten in trouble as a result. I understand you're trying to help your class, but you have all week to do it. Let's please remember to use our words, it's so important, okay?
Okay, mom. I'm sorry.
And then she turned and walked away.
In her obnoxiously yellow soccer jersey.
Big number zero.
I just let her teacher deal with that one.