But of a sudden, when they come to Primary 4 or 5, my children wake up and start to be on top of things. They remember to let me sign their forms. They don't lose their belongings quite as often. They watch the clock, bathe and put themselves to bed without being told.
Since Little Boy is in Primary 4 this year, he has suddenly woken up. He wrote in his journal last week that he had done rather poorly in school last year, and was determined to try harder this year in order to "... make my Mommy happy". And he has really got himself all sorted out this year, it seems. The Teacher was impressed enough to tell me on the phone that she has noticed a difference. He has developed focus in class, completes his work quickly and promptly.... and he makes an effort to write well and be less careless.
Something must happen to children's brains between Pri 3 and Pri 4 because The Daughter too suddenly woke up at the same age. She changed from Miss Dilly-Dally to Miss Efficient. Whatever it is, I am starting to enjoy this mothering business more and more.