The quote in my last post got my brain thinking on a tangent.
People waste an amazing amount of energy doing things that are either pointless or harmful, myself included. I have a tendency to get lost in my computer or a movie and ignore everything else around me, especially if it involves getting up and actually doing something. I’ve been trying to change that, and having mixed results.
There are naturally more examples I could mention about myself, but this is my blog, and therefore I’m not going to dwell on my flaws. 🙂 Instead, I’ll talk about the kids!
When it comes to cleaning rooms, taking baths, or other basic household chores, my kids will spend more time and energy at one or more of the following than it would take to just complete the task:
- Insist, often in the form of screaming, that they WILL NOT DO IT.
- Tell me that I am mean and unfair.
- Mention the things that siblings have not yet completed in an attempt to direct my attention elsewhere.
- Remind me that they have to complete the task that I requested two hours earlier, which they have not yet started.
- Completely ignore me.
- Say “ok,” go off as if to do the task, and play with toys instead.
Usually I feel I’m alone in having this trouble with my kids, but intellectually I know I’m not. I already have one teenager, and the others aren’t far behind. I fear for my sanity.