Monday, August 24, 2009
Pete fell out, who was left?" Whoever thought up this sick joke was either a sadist or had young children they were trying to get even with. I tend to think the latter.
I don't know about you, but having to repeat myself is a pet peeve. And being ignored? An even bigger one. Now let's combine the two and call it every freakin' day at my house. Is it selective hearing or some kind of mutual annoyance. I dictate to them, so they ignore me. Whatever it is, there has GOT to be a better way!
Why don't children (at least mine anyway) ever require less than five reminders to do/not do something? I swear I didn't stutter the first four times, so what's the deal? And unfortunately, it's for everything. From "stop hitting your sister," to "go sit at the table," to "put your toys away." You name it and I've told them at least five times to do it. Unless it involves dessert. It's so odd that they always hear me the first time. In fact, I don't even have to finish a sentence with dessert in it. Weird.
How does one combat this horrible combination of disregard and repetitiveness? Am I missing something? Even getting down to their eye level and telling them exactly what they need to do, and getting an acknowledgment, doesn't seem to work. Are they trying to make me cranky? Because it's working. And no one benefits from that. Especially not the ill-timed telemarketing call.
I know I'm not the only one, so someone please tell me your kids outgrew this by the time they were five. Okay, six. Seven? Really, they still do it? Oh, teenagers. Yeah, well, that makes sense. No one can talk to them. So what you're really telling me, is this is a lifelong problem to which there is no solution. Kind of like accuracy in weather forecasting or the sock vortex in your dryer.
I suppose this means I just need to suck it up and lather, rinse, repeat. *sigh* Just don't call me. You've been warned. :oP