I get frustrated with my kids for not listening when I tell them something or when I ask them to do something. It's probably close to the top of my list of parent-pet-peeves.
Apparently, I still need to learn the lesson myself too though...as evidenced by this exchange.
T-Man: Mooommmm! Fearless forgot to flush the toilet!
Me: (automatically) Fearless! Go flush the toilet! (My part done, I checked out of the conversation and continued working on dinner)
T-Man: I flushed it for him.
Me: (not hearing T-Man, but noticing that Fearless had not moved) Fearless! GO FLUSH THE TOILET!
T-Man: Mom, I already flushed it!
Me: (still not listening...and still no movement from Fearless) Fearless! Go flush it now!
(Fearless runs to flush the toilet.)
T-Man: (bewildered) Why, Mom?? Does he just need to practice??
Me: (finally registering what T-Man had been trying to tell me and trying to recover quickly) Umm, yeah, practice. Good idea.
Oops! I guess I need to work on paying attention too! Just another reminder that I still have lots of room for improvement!
3 days ago