So last April, Mimi had a little trouble in the grade/cell phone dept.
See, Mimi's grades would bounce around between the acceptable and not acceptable, but every Friday when we did the official checking, they were, well, not quite up to par.
Some would call that an incredible stream of bad luck. Others might say that it's karma coming around when you're willing to utter the phrase
"Hey, I don't have to turn in extra credit, because I'm 1/100th of a point above the cut-off,"right in front of your parents.
But either way, the phone privileges were lost for several weeks.
I hid the phone in the normal spot. Which I didn't really think of as HIDING, per se... More like putting it in a spot where we weren't going to see it all the time, thus initiating more (continual) discussions about why she couldn't have the phone again until next Friday, even though her grades were back up and it was only Tuesday.
About 3 weeks into the "situation", I came across the phone - - - not in it's normal position in it's new little home. Confessions were made, and even though she really really REALLY needed to get some numbers out of the directory in her phone, it was agreed that she should NOT have been on the phone for any reason with out prior permission.
So I took that phone. And I hid it in a really really great hiding place. I mean, I was really thinking out of the box, here. (you know where this is going, right?)
Summer phone privileges were non-existent because of the end of year grade slippage. But here we are 3 weeks into school and she still has straight A's. ((( Yay Mimi! ))) She's been really responsible with her homework every night, and I would love to reward that with the thing she most wants in All the Universe.
Yeah, I've been looking for that stupid phone for a week and a half now, and I can NOT find it anywhere. Last week I told her that it was the natural consequence for making me hide her phone really super hard, and she would just have to wait another week or until whenever I find it. But friends, it isn't looking good.
Replacing that phone is not really in my budget. Nor is a cleaning/decluttering service. (Though it would be a pretty creative solution, now that I think about it...)
Times like these make me think I might have been better off without taking all those "creative thinking" classes in college. Seriously.