Mom Gone Softie...
After what happened this past friday the way i look at my children has changed dramatically. I've always loved them and always felt blessed to have them. But realizing that i truly could lose them at any given moment rocked me to the core. Which makes getting frustrated, upset, the dealer of punishments, and the moments of disapointment harder. So here is my problem.
I got a text message from April's teacher asking for a parent/teacher/student converence. Well first thing i texted back was yes and if all was ok. Of course it was, just that April made a mistake and she would like for her to tell me all about it. I asked for heads up so that my mind wouldn't be going crazy with what may or might have happened. She let me know that April had cheated in the unhonest sense of changing an all ready corrected paper and trying to get more credit for it.
So how do i punish for this? Do i just let it go? For lying punishment has always been one swat to the bottom which i have only had to use once and we thought the lesson was learned. For cheating it has always been 1 swat as well, but this is one thing i have not come across with my kids. I just don't have it in me to follow through with these punishments and i am lost in just how to deal with this.
So what am i to do as a mom to hold her responsible for her actions? What will be enough to make it clear that this should NEVER happen again?
I am left with playing it by ear today i guess. The meeting is in about an hour and i have come to no final conclusion in what i am to do. So i have prayed about it and i am sure that when the time comes this afternoon i will know just what to do. Being a mom is hard... changing how you handle things doesn't make you a softie ... and i am sticking by that :)