Want your children to become perfect little angels who never argue and do everything you tell them to do? Yes? Then don’t have children.
But. The contract below will get you closer to that lack of reality.
With just a few weeks left until school starts, we will begin the mad dash of getting the paperwork filled out, school supplies and clothes purchased, wrangling the kids back into a decent bedtime routine and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL…the Back to School Contract.
Hear angels singing? You won’t. It isn’t that great, but it’s REALLY REALLY good. If you don’t have a BTS Contract or as we like to refer to it, a Zip It Contract, you are in for a treat. The sole purpose of the contract is to say ZIP IT to those little sanity suckers when they start to get feisty.
For example, they might say, “I can’t believe we have to go to bed, it’s only 8:00.”
I will point to the contract hanging on your family board, take a slow sip of my wine, turn to my child and with a June Cleaver smile say, “Remember sweetie, you signed the contract.” In other words? “Zip it.”
If I DIDN’T have the contract, the conversation would go like this, “I can’t believe we have to go to bed, it’s only 8:00.”
You would begin with, “It is a school night and you need to get sleep to be smart and grow.”
They would say, “But why? All my friends stay up until 10:00 and they are ALL smart and tall?”
Then something so awful, so disgustingly your mother, would come flying out of your mouth, “IF ALL YOUR FRIENDS JUMPED OFF A BRIDGE”…you get the point. *shivers*
Thirty minutes later you would still be arguing and the whole thing would end with an eye roll, some comment about what an uncool mom you are and your child stomping off to their room.
*downs the rest of her wine*
Instead? Zip it.
Below is a copy of our Back to School Contract. Click on it to print it out if it works for you or use it asa guideline to create your own!