Oh the injustice!
Oh the travesty!
Heartbreak and Fury!
We had it all. I’ve been doing this parenting thing for 19 years, and I swear it never gets easier and I still don’t have the answers. A good work ethic <— That is an important trait my husband and I want to instill in our children. We want our kids to know how to work hard, to take responsibility for their actions and ( I am dreaming to big here) to be respectful to others especially (yes, especially) adults. Sometimes it seems like I am failing on every level.
This morning included bad attitudes, stomping feet and rude remarks. Among other things, I told one child to sit down and write out why everyone in the family needs to pitch in and help. Half an hour later I was presented with a paper that read, in part:
…if one person did all the work it would be too much and no one else would ever learn how to work. And then when they move out they will just be fat, lazy, hoarders with dead cats all over their house and piles of garbage and moldy fridges and moldy foods and take out bags and boxes. And then the one person would have a clean house and they would have to be on Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners with their own siblings so that is why we all have to work together as one big happy family. Because we don’t want to have to torture the one clean child by making them go on the Compulsive Cleaners and find rotten, decaying cats in their sibling’s house…
It’s hard to argue with the reasoning. And it made me smile. Laughter is the best medicine, right? I can’t promise tomorrow or any other day in the future will be any better. I am sure my children will still complain about work, argue and maybe even be disrespectful.
But we haven’t found any dead cats or been featured on Hoarders…so I suppose things could be a whole lot worse.