J. D. Cahill: (To his son approaching the “dead” Frasier) Hold it! (Draws pistol and shoots twice near Frasier’s head)
Frasier: (Jumping up) You’d even shoot a dead man!
J. D. Cahill: No and I ain’t gonna let him shoot me either.
Yesterday I touched on the idea that parents should be less interested in being friends and more interested in being parents. Today I have a basic lesson on how it’s done.
My son missed his bus yesterday and I ended up driving him to school, dropping him off at the front door.
Around 10 a.m. I got a call from the school saying he was on the “Absent” list. I expressed surprise saying I dropped him off right at the front door albeit late. The vice principal explained that there is a new system whereby students have to report to the “tardy table” if they are even slightly late so if he went straight to class he would still be on the list.
Now most people would have left it at that, but I asked the VP a favor: Would he could check which class my son was supposed to be in and make sure that he was there? Not that I suspected he wouldn’t be but it would take just a few minutes to confirm it. Sure enough a I got a call back, he was where he belonged.
My son is a good kid and to my knowledge hasn’t bagged school in the past, but thanks to that visit and callback if one of his friends wants to talk him into it; he knows in the back of his mind that I’m watching.
If you are the type of parent who might feel guilty about seeming “distrusting” their kid that way or worried about the reaction later, then you need to toughen up, fast.