Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tuesday Parenting Tips--New weekly posts
I sometimes find myself in the throws of a certain parenting dilemma and wonder, what would someone, anyone, other than this frustrated, overworked, tired, impatient mom to six kids do. And I think how nice it would be if I had a handful of moms right here beside me giving me tips on what has worked for them. And, hello blog topic.
So today my topic is not listening. Not you. Or me. Them. The little midgets (is that pc if referring to children?) that live in my house.
I repeat the same instructions, to the same children, multiple times a day. So as not to embarrass said midget I won't be mentioning any names. Kori. Cough. Cough. No, just kidding. It's all of them.
Here is an example. We have a wet kitchen at the back of house. Evidently this is pretty normal for Asia where people don't really cook in their dry (?) kitchens but outside so as not to smell up the rest of the house with food scents. Yea, I know. The door that leads to the area where the wet kitchen is is an inner door. However, it leads into a room where one could potentially forget that really it's an outer door. Meaning if you leave it open the air will go outside and cool Singapore instead of our house. Not good.
So every day, at least once, but it has actually happened that within the span of five minutes, I have to remind certain midgets to CLOSE THE DOOR, were you raised in a bar? (I just typed bar but meant barn but since I thought it was so funny I left it. What?) I don't really say that. Actually, I sweetly remind said midget to remember to close the door because the air is getting out. AGAIN. For the seventh time this week, or hour or minute. EVERY DAY.
Now in thinking about this post I realized that I could just close the door myself. I could. But how will they ever learn if I don't teach them?
And it's not just the door. Oh, how I wish it was just the door.
What do you do? Do you remind and remind and remind? Do you just do it yourself? Or maybe you have something really good to share with us? Please do.
Also, if you have a parenting dilemma, please share it. I'll post it soon and we can all offer our advice on it.
No children were hurt in the making of this post.
Posted by Michelle at 12:28 AM