I’ve noticed in the mornings a correlation between how the kids behave and whether or not I do the dishes before leaving for school & work.
If I do the dishes, the kids seem to take that as a cue to behave, play nicely, and get ready when I’m finished without trouble.
If I don’t do the dishes, the kids get into trouble, don’t get ready when asked, and we might be late.
I wonder why this is? Is it because they see me doing housework, so things are being taken care of, and orderly, and so they respond in like manner? Or is it because when I don’t do the dishes, I’m surfing the net instead or doing something else, which is a signal to them that “Dad isn’t paying attention, let’s act up”? Do the kids pick up on orderliness to that great a degree? Sheesh. Who knew being a parent came with so much responsibility? 🙂