Now that you've seen the mature, responsible side of Austin, I thought I'd share the typical teen side of him as well.
Every morning it's a battle to get him up and out the door in time for school. Case in point - we had this conversation yesterday...
Me: Austin, I'm going to start getting you up a 1/2 hour earlier from now on because you've been late almost every day.
Austin: I don't want to get up earlier.
Me: Then can you be ready to leave for school by 7:50?
Austin: I don't know. Probably not.
I guess it makes sense to him.
But now I'm wondering if I'm chasing the wrong problem. What if the reason he is late every morning is really because he has hearing problems? That would explain a lot.
So this morning I wrote down everything I said to him and later asked him to repeat what he thought he had heard me say. And just as I suspected, there actually is a problem. Check it out.
What I said: Would you go shower please?
What he heard: Would you go slower please?
Said: Did you finish your home work?
Heard: Did you finish some work?
Said: It's time to get dressed.
Heard: It's time to get stressed.
Said: I need you to finish your breakfast.
Heard: I need you to finish your break last.
Said: Austin, you're late!
Heard: Austin, you're great!
Huh... it turns out that none of the things I harp about in the morning are actually his fault after all. He was simply responding to what he heard.
I guess I owe him an apology for yelling at him every day...
And a hearing appointment.
My smiley ranking is tanking. Please save me!