Tonight at dinner...
Nina: "Dad, Does Addie have her door back yet?"
J.C.: "No. Addie will have to earn her door. She knows that."
Addison: "Yeah. I have to be good to get my door."
There are those moments in parenting where you think, "This is one of those conversations nobody ever tells you about and you can't ever imagine before you have kids." Could I have ever guessed that we would be sitting around talking about my child having to "earn her door"? What does that even mean?
The back story is that a few days ago, Addison was upstairs throwing a fit, slamming her door over and over again. J.C. calmly walked out to the garage and got a hammer. He started walking upstairs. Even though I knew he surely couldn't be going upstairs to beat her over the head with the hammer, I still couldn't help but ask what he was doing. He said, "I'm going to take away her door." He proceeded to take her bedroom door off the hinges, carry it up to the attic, and the door slamming has ceased in our house.
Yes, the kindergarten transition has been challenging. Now our child has no door. Sigh. It will get better, right? Please? Will she earn her door back before she is a brooding tween with earbuds planted firmly in her ears who needs to close the door to her room while she posts shout-outs on Instagram?