Mum's the Word

I'll take 'Ways I'm failing as a parent' for 600, Alex

Posted: Sep. 19, 2017 10:46 am Updated: Sep. 19, 2017 10:51 am

What are: Things my children won't do. I'll take: Ways I'm failing as a parent for 600, Alex.

Seriously though. Is it just my kids? Or is it all kids?

I remember being yelled at by my parents for these things, so maybe it's all kids and their complete lack of awareness to their surroundings.

I'd like to dive into the why's a bit more. I understand that kids have spent a good amount of time unable to reach the light switch, but if they can turn it on, surely they can turn it off. We've talked about electricity and how we don't want to waste energy or money so we should use it wisely. Maybe I was talking to myself. 

I've explained the door situation by showing them mosquitos and moths that have come in while the door was left wide open. Nobody has time for that! And also the energy argument by telling them they are letting all the warm/cold air in/out. I'm not sure what else I can do.

The toilet thing is tricky. I know it shouldn't be, but we live in an old house and if you flush the toilet while someone is in the shower it turns the water either boiling hot or freezing cold. For that reason, I have sometimes looked the other way and have said if they walk into the bathroom when no one is showering and the toilet needs to be flushed, please take the initiative to do it. They also have automatic toilets at school, which may be a reason they forget ... I'm guessing on that one.

Some day, hopefully in the near future, before I lose my voice and the will to live, they will be able to wrap their head around these things that need to be done.

But then again ... I may be reposting this blog a year from now.

Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.

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