My 6 year old son is a story-teller. Here’s the 1st paragraph of his latest book:
“Once upon a time there lived a snake family. And all they did was watch movies. And sit around. When their parents told them to clean they would not listen….”
After some hysterical laughing, my husband and I looked at each other. The snake family sounded a little too familiar to us.
Gathering our kids together, we read AJ’s story aloud. I asked AJ where he came up with the idea for the snake family. “Is it, perhaps, based on your own life?” I wondered.
“I used my imagination,” he said.
Well, imagination or not, I’ve noticed that the more hours I work, the less my kids are interested in doing their normal chores. It’s like the classic “Mommy’s on the phone. Let’s get into trouble” scenario. Apparently, the more distracted I am with work, the more willing my kids are to ignore me. I try to take the afternoons off so that I can focus my attention on my kids after school. But some days are busier than others, and sometimes I get tired of telling the kids what they should do all the time.
My kids know how to clean. I’ve trained them well. They are good students who do their homework every night. I don’t mind if they watch some Netflix after homework is done or play a few games after chores. But I’m not willing to let them slip by and be lazy while I work.
It’s time for some hand-holding.
Except snakes don’t have hands.
I might be in for a slippery ride…
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