Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Mr. Clean

My son has the gift of being a Cleanie. I don't know where it stems from, surely not his parents. Before I begin my little story let me remind you that the child is 3 1/2. I've always taught him to put his stuff away, put a toy back before bringing out another one, put your clothes in your hamper, take your dishes to the sink and that sort of thing, but I'm not really consistent with it. My control issues make it so it's easier and more satisfying if I do it myself. I know that it's better for everyone if he does these things even if it's not up to my standards. I get that. I'm workin' on it! I do make sure he takes care of these things most of the time. If you were to see my room you would think that some thief came into my room and stole all of my hangers. It doesn't make sense, I know, to have high standards and then have my room look like the aftermath of the Macy's semi-annual sale. My whole point is that my child is bizarre!

He's been waking up around 6:30am which is way too early for me. Last night I put his sippy cup of milk in the fridge and set the tv to Disney so that when he decided to get up and wake me I could tell him to go downstairs and get his milk and turn the tv on and hopefully catch an extra hour of sleep. My evil plan worked! Except for the occasional interruption of requests for Easter candy and trying to put a rubber band in my hair I was able to stay in bed until 10:30!! I don't remember the last time I was able to do that. When I came downstairs I noticed that the cat food bowls weren't on the floor anymore and their dry food dish was. The bowls were in the sink. I also noticed that the dishes that I'd left in the sink had been rinsed and placed in the other side of the sink where I have a drying rack for them to sit in before I place them in the dishwasher. I promise I have never made this child do dishes! He loves to stand on his little chair and watch me give the dishes a "bath" but that's the extent of his dish-pan-hands.

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Beth said...

Thats awsome that you son does that...hummm maybe I should try that with my daughter she is always wanting to clean, but I just would rather do it myself. I am very anal about stuff like that. My daughter also wakes up at like 6:30am as well...but then she wakes the baby and then forget it I am up, and my husband never lets me sleep in. I have tried the tv thing, although it Canada its called "Treehouse" and she loves it but she is very loud.

Judy said...

I think it is an age thing, that waking up early part. My 5 year old is up EVERY morning by 6:30, sometimes earlier. I have the TV set to come on PBS and the pop tart on the table so he can get started on his morning without me if need be.

And Sunday is the daylight savings switch - no kidding, he'll adjust his body clock, too. UGH.

By the way, I just happened upon your blog tonight - you write very well!