I didn’t realize that the book fair wasn’t during the evening when I promised that we would get books – because every single time this year I’ve forgotten to get cheques to send in the book orders (though I’ve just now realized that you can pay online with a credit card). It was for this reason we ended up at Chapters tonight, to grab a couple of new books to add to our home library.
It was until Jamie was buckling Violet in her carseat that he noticed the two pack of lipglosses that she had taken from the store, unnoticed, as I checked out the books and we left the store. Then, it was one of those defining moments, where we had to march her back into the store, and make her apologize.
He walked into the store, and asked the first person he saw to bear with him, as he explained to Violet that she needed to apologize and give the lipgloss back. The only problem with this? That phase three year olds seem to go through where they would rather be burned with acid that admit guilt and apologize. After some hiding behind his leg, and some tears, he convinced her to apologize, and they came back out of the store.
Making her go in to Chapters, apologize, and return the item she took without paying though she clearly saw me checking out was one of those teaching moments. It’s like we’ve gotten our ‘walked my kid into the store to return what they stole’ parenting badge.
At three, she got it. It was one of those parenting moments where we looked at each other, over the package of lip gloss, were on the same page and were all we’ve got this.