Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's Okay

Harry, wriggling on the bench at snack time, sends a box and a book tumbling to the floor. He peers over the end of the bench at his handiwork. "It's okay," Harry reassures me. "No one will trip over them. We can just step around them." "It's okay," I assure Harry, "we won't have to, because you're going to pick them up now." "Oh. I can do that, too!" Yes, indeed.

6 Comments:

Blogger kimmyk said...

I wish I could still use that sort of logic on my 12 and 13 year olds.

10/12/2005 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Picking things up ... one of the all time parental requests. Up there with the washing of hands and eating vegitables.

A classic.

10/12/2005 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kimmyk: I like the strategy of parents of someone my age. After due warning of the new scheme, everything left laying around on the floor went into a box or a closet or something. The children had to buy them back - so much per item! Once a month, the contents of the box were thrown in the garbage (though I don't know that it ever came to that). It didn't take them long before they were very, very careful about leaving their stuff laying about. I've never done it, but I like the idea.

Simon: It seems like such a simple concept, doesn't it?? *heartfelt sigh*

10/12/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

We try (mostly successfully) to enforce a pick up the last toy before you get a new one out policy.

10/12/2005 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

How nice that he was so aware of your OCD and treated the situation with such a calming attitude! I kid, I kid.

10/12/2005 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: That's my policy, too, but with five of them, it gets cluttery even when they're abiding by the standard. Plus I'm a bit (Haley, you can stop that snorting right now; it's not respectful) absent-minded, and I lose track. My own fault!

Haley: Yes, Harry is very kind to we lesser mortals. Ar, ar, ar. You well know that if I ever veer in the OCD direction, it's not housework that gets me there! There you go, snorting again. Sigh.

10/12/2005 07:06:00 PM  

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