So, my oldest child, he of the mile-wide stubborn streak, learned last weekend that to get his LEGO stuff back he'd have to have a good week at school. A good week at school entails 1) doing the morning worksheets in the classroom, 2) doing his homework, 3) mom not getting calls from his teacher.
And lo and behold, he was successful 3 out of 5 days. A Christmas miracle!
Last night he said, "so when can I get my LEGOs back?"
"Well, if you have good days Monday and Tuesday, you could get them back on Wednesday," I said.
He nodded, looking thoughtful.
"And if you keep doing your work at school and getting homework done quickly, you'll have time to actually build LEGOs during the week."
That had clearly not occurred to him before that moment. He nodded, then smiled as he imagined it. A quiet winter evening, classic rock on the radio, and a desk covered in LEGOs.
I suspect that his new LEGO shoes might be helping us in our quest. He's worn them most days this week, and it must be hard to forget why he's working so hard to get stuff done when there are LEGOs on his feet.