I think I’m onto something!!
Sooo… Number One is lazy. Like ridiculously lazy. If given the choice to stare at the wall or take a walk, he will stare. And I’m not judging him…. I was a super lazy kid too. I get it. I do. I was also totally motivated by social acceptance. As is he. And that’s not great either. I don’t want him to be me. I want him to be better than me!
Today I caught a big break! And I’m taking all my knowledge of 11 year old ME and applying it to 11 year old HIM.
I usually drive the kids to and from school. It’s a little over 2 miles. It’s through our neighborhood. No main roads. This morning, Seven rode bikes to school with the kids. This afternoon, I rode my bike up to accompany them home.
It should be noted that the highschoolers get out around the same time. So you have a “socially motivated” 5th grader riding a bike home with his mommy & 2 little brothers in front of super-cool highschoolers. He would rather die.
Therefore….I made him a deal.
Stay ahead of us. Go as fast as you can. Bike like the wind! Your brothers and I will ride normally. We will not TRY to beat you. But we also are not going to lag behind purposely. If you want to distance yourself from us, you’d better push yourself! If your brothers pass you up… no worries… you won’t be lonely cuz Mommy will stay right with you. Just you and me. Biking together. Maybe I’ll sing showtunes. Really really loud. Or introduce myself to the highschoolers getting off the bus. Or hold your hand. You can ride one-handed, right?
Needless to say…after debating whether to laugh or cry…. that boy FLEW home! He was a good block ahead of us the whole ride, even on the hills. I’m so proud of him! He hates me, of course, but that’s okay. I’m a genius. I’m loving myself enough for both of us
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