I have great kids I really do, they are 7 and 8 years old and awesome, but some things they do….
I feel like we are 9/10th there and can’t seem to figure out how to push my boys over the finish line.
- Please clear your dishes from the table and put them in the sink. Close – to the sink and to what I asked them to do.
- Please put your dirty socks in the hamper.
Really close to the hamper is not the same thing.
- We don’t wear shoes in our house. The boys are great at taking off their shoes and leaving them on the floor in the same room as the shoe rack (see picture above). Sort of the same thing. But they are listening to the no shoes in the house rule perfectly without reminders.
- Sometimes they put their shoes in the hamper which is closer to the shoe rack than the floor. Not sure if this is compliant or passive aggressive behavior.
- Sometimes they’ll pile their clothing on top of the hamper lid. So, so, close, but yet still so far away.
- I don’t rant too much about the books piled in front of the bookshelves because it means they are reading and that’s a great thing, but yet, I don’t understand why the books can’t go back in the bookshelf when they are done.
- Same thing with the Wii steering wheels. We have a minor Mario Kart obsession in our house (mostly because no one can figure out how to beat the 7-year-old and now it’s my husband and the 8 year old’s mission to figure out how to dethrone him). The controllers are on the chargers but the steering wheels are so close to being put away, actually touching the cabinet but alas not quite inside.
I’m sure my house is not unique. So, tell me, tell me, tell me true HOW do I get my boys to the finish line, to put forth that last remaining 1/10th of effort required to fully complete these everyday tasks instead of almost completing them. It would go a long way in improving my sanity. I need some advice that doesn’t involve yelling or threats, and is proportionate to the issues at hand. Help!