Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'We Finally Won at Parenting'; When All the Planets Align and You Get Your Child to the Bus on Time

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'We Finally Won at Parenting'; When All the Planets Align and You Get Your Child to the Bus on Time

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Byline: Bruce Devereaux bigfamilylittleincome.com

BEING an awesome parent can sometimes come at a price, but Tracey says it's totally worth it.

The day before their big excursion to Kenilworth to play in the park and have a picnic, one of the lovely teachers in Miss4's pre-prep class was having a preparatory chat about the day and how they wouldn't be doing the usual routine, like checking the weather and their class jobs, but would instead sing their morning song and jump straight onto the bus.

"Oh, no!" exclaimed Miss4 with what her teacher laughingly described as "an aghast expression". "I won't be able to go."

"Of course you can go," her teacher assured her - because she knew we'd already signed the forms.

"No," sighed Miss4 sadly. "My family is always late. I will miss the bus."

Even more hilarious because, as the teacher well knows, our daughter had a point. I think we're the only parents who have actually downloaded the morning song onto their iPhone so we can play it in the car if we know we're borderline singing it with the rest of the class. I say "we", I mean "me".

"We are not going to be late," Tracey assured me when she relayed the story the amused teacher had told her. She said "we", she meant "me".

"No," I agreed.

"We're always late," Miss4 chimed in from the dining table.

I chuckled and turned to Tracey. She wasn't chuckling.

"You've got to see this is hilarious," I said to Tracey.

She did not have to see that.

"You do get that we just got called out in front of the whole class by our daughter for being crappy parents," said Tracey. Using an amazing technique I've never mastered she turned her attention to Miss4 but somehow still managed to give me a very strong message.

"Daddy's going to make sure you get there on time."

The "or else" was nearly as loud as what Miss4 can manage when she's really anxious. That'll come up again in just a few lines.

This was my chance.

"I'll set the alarm," I said, also to Miss4, before turning to Tracey. A loud silence passed between us. Damn she's good. I picked up my phone. "In fact, I'll do that now. …

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