It all started the other day, when Georgia came home, soaked in her school clothes.
Come to find out that at her activity days get together, she and a couple other girls decided it would be fun to jump in the pool with their clothes on.
Rewind about an hour before:
Georgia asked if she could take her swim suit to activity days
I told her 'no, today is not a swim day, and you are not going in the pool'.
Fast forward back to after Activity Days is over:
I get a message from the teacher that she gave a lesson on Choice and Accountability. Explaining that we can choose our choices, but we will have to pay the consequence of each choice, whether good or bad. Then she told me about the pool incident.
I go to find Georgia, who is hiding in her closet. As soon as I find her, she burst into tears, "I'm sorry!"
"I'm sorry too, you made a bad choice." I said.
Her consequence was that she lost her electronic time for the day (a highly coveted time) and she now had the opportunity to learn how to do her laundry, since she will be doing it herself from now on. I went through some basics of clothing care, and explained why we don't wear clothes in the pool. And Daddy talked about obeying the rules and listening to our teachers.
After our discussion, we head to the garage to start the laundry. As I'm teaching her about the water temperature, we start pulling out all the dark clothes from the hamper. It was then that I found a stack of clean, folded laundry, that I had done just 2 days before, at the bottom of her hamper. I had to take a deep breath in that moment, and Georgia saw as my eyes went wide. The clothes now smelled dirty, like the rest of her clothes. I kept my cool, but sternly asked why it was okay to put clean clothes in the hamper instead of in her dresser. She was too stunned at being caught and didn't know what to say.
Again, I had to go back to telling her 'that was a bad choice and I was sad for her and hoped that from now on as she did her own laundry that she would take better care of her clothes'. (Since, she knows that she only gets new clothes when school starts, Christmas and Birthday)
(and it made me realize that she is totally ready for some more responsibility :)