Consequences

My favourite thing about the holidays is the lack of rush to get out of the house in the morning.

Until recently getting Elisha dressed has been a real issue.

Yes, that does read until recently.

You see, recently, I told Elisha that I expected him to be ready for school when it was time to go, and if he wasn’t he would be going to school in whatever state he was in.  I offered plenty of prompts, but  no direct repetition of instruction to get ready.

Turned out that state was school pants, pyjama top, no socks or shoes.  I had offered plenty of prompts, but  no direct repetition of instruction to get ready.  I did even give him two or three chances to put the shoes and socks on because it was quite a cold morning, but he turned the chance down.

To put it mildly he was not happy.

I had a change of clothes in a bag for him and let him get changed as soon as we got to school.

He’s been dressed and ready to go every morning since then.

And while I hope he enjoys the holidays and staying in pyjamas as much as I do, I hope he doesn’t forget the lesson of getting ready on time.

Actions have consequences.  And so does lack of action.

I have a feeling this happened on the same day…

I walked past Jos.  He’d obviously paid a visit to the en-suite cupboard as he was carrying a bottle of Detol.  I had arms full of something.  Went to put it away and come back and take the Detol off him.  On the way I walked past Cayley.

She smelled.

“My mouth hurts Mummy!”

She smelled of Detol!!!

Straight on the phone to the Poisons Information Line.

Thankfully she had not ingested much at all, and the follow up was relatively easy and painless.

I don’t buy Detol, this bottle must have snuck in with some samples from when Jos was born I think.  It obviously got shoved in the cupboard along with everything else, and I’ve not thought of it since.

Actions have consequences.  And so does lack of action.

I learned a lesson too.  And I don’t plan to forget it.

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