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? 🙂
How did I manage to raise a mouthy stubborn almost-5 year old?
I should explain. The Linguist is my oldest. She’ll be 5 in January. She’s intelligent, capable, reads incredibly well, is learning piano, loves to draw, know her way around OSX and Windows… all the things a geek dad could hope for.
But when she gets mad, she’s so mouthy and rude, I don’t know where this comes from. She started school in September, and this is kind of when it started, but is it just that? I can’t imagine that the other kids are being that mouthy to the teacher, but who knows? To their own parents? Is she overhearing kids arguing with their parents? It’s a mystery to me. Maybe it’s TV. Some of those characters on Arthur or B. G. can be pretty mouthy too.
I guess in the old days you’d call it ‘talking back’. Continue reading