Beth missed her bus again this morning. DART has already sent her one letter telling her that if she is a 'no show' one more time, they will cancel her pick ups for a few weeks.
Monday night I went downstairs at 10:00 to remind her it was time to get ready for tomorrow. Get the CD's she was gonna listen to on the bus, put her bowling ball upstairs, pick out her clothes, set her alarm, etc. Then lights out and in bed by 11:00. The dog came into our room at 2:30 AM because he had to go potty. I let him out and hear something downstairs. Beth is playing Monopoly. Full board, all the money, everything laid out in perfect piles. "Beth!! You have GOT to clean this up and go to bed!!"
Last night, 10:00 I go downstairs... you know the drill. She actually turned off the TV and got to work. Yes! Something woke me up at 1:00 this morning. It was Beth, singing. She is sitting on her couch, writing on her scratch paper, listening to her headphones, singing at the top of her lungs! "Elizabeth Meigan!! You have got to go to bed!!"
This morning just before her bus arrived, I went downstairs and she had turned off her alarm. She didn't hit snooze today. Nope, she turned it off. So.... I let her sleep. And of course, her bus came and went. I don't know what it will take for her to learn this lesson.
Being an adult doesn't mean you get to do whatever you want. It means you have to do the right thing. I think I have tried every explanation there is -
1. Mom and Dad have bosses that we have to listen to.
2. Your bus driver wakes up, gets dressed, warms up the bus just to come get you.
3. You have to wake up when your alarm clock goes off, not when your bus comes.
4. You have to watch the clock. Your bus driver makes sure he is here at 9:30.
5. You have to go to sleep at night cause in the morning you don't have a choice to sleep.
There will be no TV today until all of her chores are done. And I have a long list of chores for her to do. I'll try to keep her as busy as possible to make her as tired as possible! I came home from work yesterday at 4:30 and went downstairs to see how her day went at work. She was sitting up on her couch, remote in her hand, sound asleep. I know she's exhausted. I just don't know why she won't go to sleep before 3 AM.
So, I will wake her up and give her the news that she missed her bus. No karaoke, no art classes, no hanging out with her friends today. Then I will give her the list of chores.