My 4-year-old goes to kinder two days a week and both of those days he starts at 8:30am…which means our house is chaos! Of course on kinder mornings he sleeps in (what four year old sleeps in?) I manage to wake him up with just enough time to get dressed, shove toast in mouth and bolt. He seems to get immense pleasure from moving at a snail pace and complaining that he needs some time to ‘relax’ before he heads out for the day. Safe to say I’m dreading school starting next year.
Kids are not bloody easy to get moving in the morning. They don’t give a crap about what time it is or who they are letting down. Mostly because it’s still their world and we are all just living in it right? At that age it’s still the parent fault if they’re late. They aren’t quite old enough to be blamed for tardiness just yet.
Today, an American mother is facing child neglect charges after she made her two children, both under 10 years old, walk to school after they missed their morning bus. The school is 4km away, and it was relatively cold outside. But, 32-year-old Lisa Marie Palmer drove her Cadillac 50m ahead of them so she had her eye on them at all times.
About half way to school she was stopped by authorities who asked her what she was doing, she explained she was punishing the pair for missing their bus. The Sheriff deputy Chris Ladd said it “appeared as if Mrs Palmer was driving ahead of the children and allowing them to walk and catch up to her vehicle and to proceed with that action until the children reached the school. Temperatures were cold, and traffic was beginning to become heavy with citizens heading to work. Mrs Palmer was in no position to reach her children safely in the event of an emergency.”
This mum sounds like she was at her wits end and haven’t we all been there? I rate her decision to teach her kids a lesson. Sometimes when you pull out the threats you have to follow through. I remember being dropped off at least a kilometre away from my house on occasion (and my parents weren’t driving ahead – they were GONE) as a form of punishment.
I’m suspecting this isn’t the first time her children have missed the bus. And honestly, aren’t we getting just a little too precious when it comes to involving ourselves in other people’s business? Did the police really need to intervene here?
What is your solution to avoid the morning chaos?