As a mom, I have an internal computer that keeps track of everything. Soccer schedules, swimming lessons, doctor appointments, birthday parties. I know who, what, when, where and why. But here’s the thing…
What if I’m not around? What if, while walking down the street minding my own business, I am struck by a bus. Who is going to take The Goose to soccer? Wait, what day is it? Does he have soccer today? Or was that yesterday?
Now, the likelihood of me being hit by a bus isn’t that great. But the likelihood that I have an evening meeting, have to travel out of town, or just have a babysitter so the husband and I can go out to dinner, is real. That is why I keep a binder specifically for The Goose. The binder includes information about his school (I keep this school information sheet. right in the front), his extra-curricular activities, his morning and evening routines, even a list of TV shows he’s allowed to watch and what he is allowed to have for his bedtime snack (because popsicles are NOT a snack). There is a monthly calendar, so we can keep track of special activities, and I also keep a recent picture of him in the front sleeve. You know, just in case.
The Goose knows where this binder is kept (on my desk) and he can open it and show it to any caretakers who want to argue that he can, in fact, watch SpongeBob Squarepants if, and only if, he changes into his pajamas on his own, without being asked more than once.