As we were driving the very short distance to pick up Logan for school Haylie looked at the clock and stated "We're late." I kind of ignored her, then Hannah asked "Mommy, are we late?" I responded "Nope were actually on time!" To which Haylie says "Yep, we're late!"
Jeremy is trying to teach me that 15 minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is rude. My habit is that "as long as you show up reasonably close to the time you committed to be there you are doing good." It is an task that is quite large, but I am learning and am about 50% successful.
I just never realized that my running through the house like a chicken with my head cut off yelling "Hurry up we're late" was having an effect on my kids. It is amazing how much they understand. So here's to making a conscious effort to not be rude and to be on time which is really early.
On the same note, when you are invited to a party or play date etc. is showing up a couple minutes early bad? Or is it better to show up a couple minutes late so your host has those last few minutes to prepare??? Or by showing up late are you setting a precedent for the host to not be ready on time? See the conundrum?