So tonight, during bedtime, X-man fessed up that he spent recess with his head down on a table in his classroom -- for making a series of bad choices. He earned three checks, he said, so he lost recess privilege. He said he wasn't alone, which doesn't make it any better.
Then he said, "I already have two checks for tomorrow."
I wondered how. "Did you misbehave while waiting for the bus?"
"Yes, but not too bad."
Sigh. Why can't he make good choices? What's a marvel is that he "forgets" what he did to get the checks.
MacTroll insists he was exactly this way. I never was. So I totally don't understand it. It makes me feel like a lousy parent.