“I hate this breakfast!”
“I’m NOT going to school!”
Those were some of the first words I heard today. Pleasant, right? Each one was followed by snickering and laughter. Okay, what is going on here? When my kids saw that a lecture was coming and my feathers were being ruffled, they quickly shouted …
“IT’S OPPOSITE DAY! Every Monday is opposite day! Isn’t that cool? We just started it!”
“Oh, ha ha, silly me! It’s opposite day,” I said, as I flashed them a fake, kind of disgusted smile. Like, I’m really trying to allow you to be creative and not kill this moment for you, but now I’m going to have to squash that.
I tried to think of ways to say yes to this new tradition and perhaps find a way that it would benefit all of us.
Hmmmm….”Nobody has to do any work today!” “Don’t brush your teeth!” It might work. They might rush to do those things now.
But then I heard that word over and over again, “I hate this!” “I hate that!” And boy, was our house one big hate fest this morning. I’m happy that they have completely mastered the academic skill that is “opposites” for their grade level, but having to hear and decipher their hate code was a little too much.
So, I delivered the bad news as kindly as I could. No more opposite day. I’m thinking we tweak that tradition just a little and make every Monday “Gratitude Day” or “Love Day.” Because I LOVE the idea of having a tradition and even deeming every day a special day in it’s own special way, but I’m out on “Opposite Day.”
Do your kids ever try to start up traditions?
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