I like plans.
I like order.
I crave neatness.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
But… this can be a double edged sword when dealing with the little people. Children love to mimic, copy, and continually show us what they’ve learned.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? (Although, I’m SURE you do.)
Here’s my latest example…
While looking out the front window the other day (remind me to move the couch away from the windows) the Helper reminded me I was failing in my yard maintenance duties…
“Daddy, look at YOUR yard… you have to go and clean it up!”
“It’s winter, honey, we don’t do anything with the yard in the winter.”
“Yeah… it’s a MESS!”
Obvious first thought,
So is YOUR room.
Then I remembered… He makes me clean that up too.
So instead, I offered,
“When it gets warmer out WE’LL have to clean up the property.”
To which I was told, with a tone of disgust,
“Yeah… just look at the MESS!”
Children learn most effectively by observing others. We’re soooo proud of them when they emulate us -- even when they’re throwing it back in our face!