When I found an overdue spelling assignment in Kaylee’s pile of papers, I insisted that she finish it before bed. She was not happy about that at all. I added, if she decided not to complete it before bedtime, she would miss playing with a friend the following day. She got busy writing a sentence for every word on the spelling list and didn’t say a single word. This is what I found:
- I hate obeying my mom.
- I hate enjoying things with my mom.
- I have not ever been envying my mom.
- I do not like replying to my mom.
- I bet my mean mom worries a lot.
- I hate playing barrel of monkeys with my mom.
- I hate getting supplies for my mom.
- I hate eating berries with my mom.
- I worried when mom wanted to hug me.
- I hate supplying things for my mom.
- Mom surveyed me and I hated it.
- When I journeyed without my mom, I was happy. (for once in my life)
So….this parenting thing is super fun.
I was impressed and surprised that she found something mean to say for EVERY.SINGLE. word on the spelling list.
The second time I read it over, I laughed.
Hey-she got the work done before bedtime
But….the next day Brian saw her spelling word sentences and had a long talk about the word “hate”. He made her rewrite new sentences, and this is what she came up with:
- I like obeying.
- I like eating berries.
- I like enjoying things.
- I am envying my work.
- I was worried when mom had a baby.
- I journeyed far.
- He worries that I will not make it.
- I really like monkeys.
- I need supplies.
- I supplied us.
- I don’t like replying to bad questions.
- I surveyed my mom.
Her first list was considerably more interesting, right? Maybe anger fuels her creativity?