“Amelia, stop touching that…”
“Amelia, quit playing with that and clean up…”
“Amelia, quit picking your nose…”
“Amelia, you can’t just point out that someone is fat/old/weird looking…”
Here’s the deal. Either I’m a giant three-year-old (ENTIRELY possible) or there is one real key to parenting…
In the last few months, I find myself telling my child to stop doing pretty much everything I remember doing as a child.
Ok, so…. pretty much everything I do still as a grown adult with the inside voice that says “I’m an adult, you can’t tell me what to do…”
Walking through the store, she touches EVERY single thing. It’s curiosity. She’s tactile. I totally get it…. But, I find myself telling her not to touch, mainly because I don’t wanna end up footing the bill for curiosity.
I’ll be real honest with you. I HATE boogers. They are a collection of dead skin and dust and all the gross things in the world that enter into your nose. I pick that crap right out of there.
Yet I tell my kid, “Stop picking your nose.”
I struggle constantly with making sure my kid picks up after herself… some days, you don’t even want to see the atrocity that can be my room.
I know, I know, at this point someone in my family is muttering to themselves about being the example and setting the standards, blah, blah, blah…
I relate it to the way we taught photography, there are certain things we taught at the schoolhouse that, in the real world, you would never actually do… but… To get the that point of realizing those things are stupid and useless, you have to, as we would tell students, crawl, walk, run. Gotta learn the rules to know when it is ok to break them.
Although, sticking your fingers in your mouth is never ok. I don’t care how old you are. It’s just gross.
But I’ve settled on that one simple fact as an effective tool when in doubt.
“Dad, can I have a lollipop?”
(It’s 8 in the morning… what would I do if I wanted a lollipop right now? Answer in the opposite…)
“No, you can’t eat candy at 8 in the morning, we need to have breakfast first.”
Cracks open a breakfast beer…
Stay close… more coming soon///