The other day Mimi was supposed to be doing her homework, but was having a hard time staying focused on it. I was pretty sure that her sister KT was messing with her, but I couldn’t seem to catch her in the act. (and of course, KT is very skilled at playing innocent)
After a couple half-hearted warnings, I knew it was time to get serious. One of the fun perks to parenting is getting to make up fun consequences. So I thought for a moment, and decided to get the girls where it hurt the most. I told Mimi that if she didn’t settle down and get working hard at her studies that I would take away all of her kitchen privileges.
My fledgling chef belligerently rolled her eyes and shrugged before flipping a couple of pages in her textbook. KT, on the other hand, began to wail, “NOOOOooooooooo….who will feeeeeeeeed me????” she cried out.
My oldest daughter is nearly always starving. (whoever said it was only teenage boys that eat you out of house and home hasn’t met our KT!) Yet she hasn’t quite mastered the art of cooking anything more complicated than a pb&j sandwich. She tends to rely heavily on her sister’s experiments in the kitchen.
I didn’t even try to hide my grin as the girls were instantly working quietly at their studies. It’s times like this when it’s really fun to be a parent…