Year 4, Day 292

After yesterday’s challenges, I was prepared for the worst today, despite having assured Miles that he wouldn’t see Paw Patrol or PJ Masks in any capacity for three days if we received another bad report from school (or experienced such behavior ourselves). He had already lost his plush Chase and Marshall dolls, and we were ready to turn the screws tighter as needed.

“Daddy,” he said as we made our way to daycare. “Can I listen to Paw Patrol music?”

“No, buddy,” I replied, having just started Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “I want to listen to this right now. But I think you’ll like it.”

“I don’t wanna listen to this,” he retorted.

“Just give it a chance,” I said. “I’m not going to steer you wrong. And, if you don’t ask me about it again, I promise to play some Paw Patrol before we get to school.”

To my surprise, Miles didn’t mention Paw Patrol music again until we were only a couple minutes from daycare, at which point he calmly reminded me of my promise.

“Ah, you’re right!” I said. “Thanks for reminding me!”

It was a start to the day that left me hopeful his good behavior would continue. Sure enough, when Jaclyn called me that evening, she gave me the report; at least, she tried to, but Miles spoke excitedly over her.

“Daddy I had a good day at school and get Chase back and Marshall back and watch Paw Patrol!”

I may not be nearly as into Paw Patrol as he is, but I was just as excited.

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