“Oh, honey, you only needed to go to page 27, not 30!” I commented to my son last week.
“I know. I just wanted to get this book finished so I went ahead. Wait, will you make me start a new book on Friday if I finish this one early?”
“Of course not. Did you forget? You can always do more, but you may not do less on your assignment plan. If you go ahead, well then you’ve done work toward your next day’s assignment.”
“But, you won’t make me start a new book early?”
“Look baby, if your Thursday assignment is pages 31-33, and you’ve done through page 32, then you’ll only have 1 page to do on Thursday.”
“So, if I finish my math book on Thursday, then I won’t have math on Friday?”
Yeah, he’s a stickler for details. “Correct. If you finish your math book on Thursday, you’ll be able to skip math on Friday because you’ll have already done Friday’s work. I won’t add to your schedule, you don’t start your new math book until Monday.”
Skip to Thursday night, I noticed the scary sound of silence coming from the kid’s room. I got up to investigate what was causing that lack of sound. I saw each one on their respective beds, school books in their laps.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“We’re doing our Friday work tonight so we have a day off tomorrow,” replied my son.
“Yeah, we’re doing two schools today so we can have a no school day tomorrow!” piped in my daughter.
I was kind of dumbfounded. I mean, it’s one thing to think of putting your nose to the grindstone and just getting something done when you’re a kid, but to actually follow through and do it? Well, I was pretty impressed. They earned their own 3 day weekend. How awesome is that? For a brief moment I wondered if my kids might just be adopted.